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Your experiences??? been prescribed some anti depressants but am really wary of taking them.

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Your experiences??? been prescribed some anti depressants but am really wary of taking them.

Hi i have been prescribed some anti depressants but am really wary of taking them; has anyone taken or taking Sertraline Hydrochloride? and what are your experiences?
I would really really prefer not to take anything but am not quite sure what to do for the best.
 
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Hi Tulip,

I am not on that med, but as a general rule, if a doc gives you a medication it is because he thinks it will do you good. So take it and see what happens.
 
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hi black tulip. my hubby takes this one. its the ad with the least side effects. like all ads it will take a few weeks to kick in. what dose are you on?
 
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I guess your right Bortu thank you

Good to know they have the least side effects Starfish, ill be on 50mg?
 
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Hi blacktulip,

Just to let you know I feel exactly the same when it comes to meds now - I have been for the past couple of months but I never used to be. I'm refusing to take most my meds now so I know how your feeling. And I agree Bortu. Thing is I find it hard to say I wanna take them now coz I got told not long back when I asked about getting medication for my panic attacks that meds wouldn't help me then I got put on Diazipam I think it is and I ain't taking any since I got them a couple of months back. :( it's hard when u get told no tablet will help by a certain other doctor in the surgery then you get told by your GP it can and will help.
 
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I took sertraline for some time a few years ago and it worked very well for me, until, as with many of them, I got used to them and they started losing their effects. I then switched to citalopram with no probs and that too kept me stable for several years. I do hear though that sertraline is quite difficult to come off unless it's done really slowly or replaced with another similar drug, something to do with short half-life.
 
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Hi Trombone_babe and Spaceman

Thank you i am taking both your comments on board, thank you again xx
 
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I think it is good that you are giving this some thought if you do not 'want' to take anything. I found having the drugs (first beta blockers then more recently citalopram) in my home helped and I didn't actually need to take them. I had been taking St John's wort for around 6 months when prescribed with citalopram but in the time lag of giving up the SJW a sick note got me out of the main difficulty, going to the job centre. When I next saw the doctor he said we could put it on hold taking the Citalopram as I had picked up in such a short space of time and instead would monitor me more regularly, this included diet, exercise and alcohol levels. Then I had a spell doing some voluntary work. For me a change of lifestyle helped me actively manage so that when I get really low this is what I review first and so far so good although I am probably going to struggle with mental illness for some time longer and that neither a change or any medication will get rid of it overnight, it is all about how best to manage our day to day lives IMHO. I still haven't ruled out taking anti-depressants and I still have SJW and Citalopram in my home and even though I have been very low for several weeks after an ESA appeal went against me I haven't felt the need to go anywhere near them. Obviously we are all different but I hope this helps rather than muddles things.

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Thank you CT

No this has not muddled things up and thank you for your reply. I used to take St Johns Wort but unfortunately it gave me really bad nightmares. I am still holding off taking Sertraline but like you said i have them in my house if i really feel i need to take them. I am however taking the beta blockers as i cannot seem to get through a day without them without having a panic attack. I hope you aren't feeling as low and things are looking up for you.

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