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Poll Results: did you have side effects, and was zoloft helpful to you?

  • 38% (14)
    no side effects at all, and yes, it helped me alot
  • 30% (11)
    very few side effects (please list), worth it for the benefits
  • 2% (1)
    a number of side effects/annoying side effects (please list), but still better than depression
  • 2% (1)
    annoying side effects (please list), not sure that it was worth it for me
  • 8% (3)
    way too many side effects (please list)
  • 16% (6)
    didn't work/wasn't for me (please explain)
36 Total Votes  
post #21 of 33
I am on Sarafem (also known as Prozac) and homeopathy and together they work WONDERS. I don't have any side effects at all, but feel good and competent and am a very good parent on it. I never lose my temper or have any trouble dealing with my moods or exasperation. If one of the SSRIs (prozac, zoloft, paxil, etc.) doesn't work, try another.
post #22 of 33
I have been on 50mg of Zoloft for 3 years. The most I have found is a repressed libido and weight gain. It is pure heck for me when I miss a dose. My head gets wonky. So I make sure I don't miss a dose. I am alot better on it than I am off of it. as I say I'm on an "even Keel"
Good luck with your decision!

LIllianne's mother!
post #23 of 33
there is a lot obout Zolfot on this board right now; try a search.

for me...................Zolft is a gfit from GOD........I am not on it riught now; but it saved my life in college.

I was ina deep dark place. I could not function.

I went on Zoloft...................and guess what trees have leves. That was what it was like. Like putting glasses on for the first time after being blind.

I was on it 3 years. NEVER had a bad time. a little tired. No biggie. Took it at night and that way all.

I didn't gain weight on it; I did on Celxia. BUTtttttttttttt as my great therpist pointed out when I did finally gain 20 pounds-------when depressed i was NOT eating and thus I was under weight. The weight gain was more an effect of lack of depression and actually eating than it was a true side-effect. Though I know anti-d do have a sight weight gain effect.

Sex dirve might have been downa littel; as is common with anti-d, BUT since when I was in the dark place I didn't want any physical contact; that was still better even if not ideal. soooooooo really I had more sex drive cause of the depression being gone.

It took care of the.............physical exhustion so hevey i felt like i was moving under a pool of lead. .....................took care of the foggy brain that wouldn't let me read anything and follow it for more than 3 senteces.........................made the world colorful again.....................it made me function again. I don't know what I would have done without it.

Good luck.
post #24 of 33
I was on Zoloft for a few months in '98. My dosage was 50mg. I can honestly say it did nothing, except make me feel a little zombie-fied. If you try it and it doesn't work for you, you can always stop or switch. One nice thing is that you can take it while nursing. Have you tried counseling (a psychologist, not a psychiatrist)? Or maybe other natural remedies for depression?
post #25 of 33
I really appreciate this thread, as I am in the process of deciding whether or not to take Zoloft. Sounds like people have had a variety of experiences with it...sounds like it is a very individual thing.
post #26 of 33

It's okay for me

Zoloft had a few side effect at the beginning at at med increases, but I feel no side effects now.

The side effects where 1. no orgasms
2. anxiety
3. insomnia

Like I said, these have all gone away are where only with me for a couple weeks. #1 took a bit longer but everything is okay in that area now too.

I suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depersonalization. I have still had panic attacks on the Zoloft, but they are getting further apart and less intense.

post #27 of 33
Carla, have you talked to your doctor about Lexapro? That was what they put me on in the hospital and it was amazing. I was on Ativan also when I was hospitalized, but I was able to stop it when I was released. The Lexapro worked great on the panic and anxiety. I had one panic attack on the Lexapro and it happened in the middle of the night and was very mild. I was able to say "oh, a panic attack" and roll over and go back to sleep.
post #28 of 33
I experienced fatigue and nausea - but I would not have made it through without, and would do it again. It really helped with my rage and temper issues.....it was very scary.
post #29 of 33

I have heard good things about Lexapro. I have only tried the zoloft so far. I am still breast feeding and just don't want to rock the boat at this point. If I still have problems down the road, I may try that.

It seems like the panic attacks are getting way farther apart and less in intensity. It's hard to know what the Zoloft is really doing for me at this point, but I just don't want to mess with anything as I feel pretty stable right now.

Thank you for your reply.

post #30 of 33
BF momma check this artical out.

But Is It Safe for My Baby? Medications and Breastfeeding
Thomas W. Hale

Issue 111 March/April 2002

it made me feel A LOT BETTER.....................

post #31 of 33
No antidepressant has ever worked for me (and I've tried them ALL), I have what's called 'paradoxal reactions' - they give the opposite effect of what's intended. Anti-anxieties cause panic attacks, anti-depressants cause depression, etc... : occassionally I try again just to see. I've been off pills for years now and doing well, but I tried Zoloft again about a year back, and went on a low dose of half a 37.5mg pill I believe.

This is pretty personal, but the side effects it gave me were sexual, but not in the way you'd think. I had no libido, but felt 'engorged' 24/7 - it was so uncomfortable and very painful. I couldn't even sit without hurting, it was awful. I took gingko biloba for it (taking 60-80mg three X daily can get rid of sexual side effects that antidepressants cause, worked for DH on Paxil and a dozen other people I've reccomended it to) but it didn't get rid of it completely. Intercourse started to be so painful that I couldn't stand it (and we were TTC at the time). I lasted about two weeks before it was just too awful, and I stopped taking Zoloft. I was better off without it.
post #32 of 33
I feel for you teapot. I can't imagine being one of the tiny portion of the population that antidepressants don't work for. I'd be dead right now if they hadn't worked for me. Have you tried some of the older tricyclics or the MAOIs?
post #33 of 33
I feel for you TOO. Poor thing.

I'd be dead, literally, without me medication.

Keep trying there are a lot of new meds out there. Try someold ones too.

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