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Help!! I have just started taking sertraline and am finding the increased anxiety a severe problem how can I get around this?

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I have suffered with anxiety since December and have recently been prescribed sertraline which I am finding almost unbearable because of the increased anxiety how do I get around this?
 
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It can do that for the first month or so but should decrease after that. Some people take something for that also for that first month. You could ask your doctor.
 
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I suffered dreadful agitation when I started sertraline.
Also an upset stomach etc.

I was twitching and shaking and couldn’t sit comfortably
in a chair.
These wore off after about 2 weeks

Fortunately my gp had mentioned some of these.
I can appreciate, though, that even having been told this, it
was very unpleasant.

Hang in there, it can be worth it.

However if it gets too unbearable, contact you doctor.
You may be given a different antidepressant.

Wishing you well.
 
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sometimes you may start to feel worse before you start to feel better, it takes 4-6 weeks for the full effect, it isnt immediate like benzodiazepines after about two months you can try switching it with another antidepressant
 
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sometimes you may start to feel worse before you start to feel better, it takes 4-6 weeks for the full effect, it isnt immediate like benzodiazepines after about two months you can try switching it with another antidepressant
It's good that you are trying a medicine. Yes, most of these medicines do have side effects. Especially when we already have existing anxiety. I know myself it is a comfort that others have had some of these feelings at medicine start ups, but it's does not change what I am feeling myself. I hope you have a doctor that you feel comfortable discussing your side effects with. That's important and very helpful.
 
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I have suffered with anxiety since December and have recently been prescribed sertraline which I am finding almost unbearable because of the increased anxiety how do I get around this?
Severe anxiety? Try box breathing. You'll have to Google it but it's fairly simple to do. Hope this helps. Be blessed.
 
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