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    Started back on sertraline

    After not taking sertraline for about 3 months, my racing thoughts about dying and health anxiety has come back since having worsened Ďpalpitations and heart thuds.

    I started on Monday night on 50mg, and since then Iíve been feeling very jittery, everytime I move I shake, my jaw is clenched. Everytime I yawn I feel like Iím doing to drop.

    Iím hungry but not bothered about food, dry mouth, and occasionally feel very sick. My brain also feels like Iím in a cloud and my eyes are slow.

    Does this sound like usual side effects? Iíve been taking them at night around 9pm, so hopefully I can sleep through, but the last couple of nights Iíve been waking at random times.

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    Re: Started back on sertraline

    It does sound like start up side effects, hang on in there.

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    Re: Started back on sertraline

    Quote Originally Posted by Emilychazza98 View Post
    I started on Monday night on 50mg, and since then Iíve been feeling very jittery, everytime I move I shake, my jaw is clenched. Everytime I yawn I feel like Iím doing to drop.

    Iím hungry but not bothered about food, dry mouth, and occasionally feel very sick. My brain also feels like Iím in a cloud and my eyes are slow.

    Does this sound like usual side effects?
    Unfortunately, yes. The initial side-effects can be different and/or more severe than they were the first time too. They are mostly due to the enhanced serotonin activity at the beginning and will usually begin diminishing within a few weeks as bio-feedback mechanisms kick-in to reduce serotonin synthesis and expression, though they may return for a while after dose increases. While unpleasant they are not a sign of harm. If they become too difficult consult your doctor as there are ways of easing their impact.

    Iíve been taking them at night around 9pm, so hopefully I can sleep through, but the last couple of nights Iíve been waking at random times.
    Insomnia and other sleeping issues are common initial SSRI side-effects. Switching the time of day they are taken can sometimes make a difference.
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