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    Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    I have been prescribed this and have the pills in my cupboard now for a few days,

    I dont know what to do i fi should take them or not, I have been suffering for 5 years with sever anxiety and now depression is kicking in also, I have PTSD, and im scared every day of my life,

    What do i do i have been prescribed 50mg but the dr told me to take half a pill for the first week then one whole pill the week after

    How is everyone on this pill?

    And iam so frightened of side effects any advice will be great thank you xx

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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Hi

    I'm sure Sertraline comes in 25mg tablets as well. It's not a great idea halving tablets - however if the gp has told you to do this...

    If you're suffering that badly and you sound as if you are then look at it from the point of view that the medication could help you.

    You will get some side effects for the first week but you are starting on a low dosage and you should be able to handle the side effects. Don't worry about taking the meds you obviously need them.

    Let us know how you get on.
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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    PS Don't go reading up on all the side effects either lol!
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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Thank you so much for your advice hun

    I will start taking them tomorrow, Can i take them night or day, Which do you think is best?

    I dont know why the dr asked me to half the tablet, maybe they should of just given me the 25mg ones, How odd,

    Anyhow im still freaking out about taking them but i know i need something

    Was thinking maybe herbal stuff but i doubt theres anything around that will help

    xx

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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Hi I started on these about 8 weeks ago and like you i were expecting the worse, i made the BIG mistake of reading all the side effects. I started on 50mg and to be honest the side effects were minimal i took mine on a night as told by my doctor, the effects only lasted about 4 days for me. I know i was lucky, but bear with them because they always disappear after a week or so.

    It was only after my dose was increased to 100mg that i had problems, but again they disappeared, now 8 weeks in i feel fine. Just give them a go.

    Good luck x

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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    I've been taking sertraline since September 07, currently on 100mg but supposed to be going up to 150. I've had NO problems, and have taken them a couple of times over the last 10 years.

    I have really severe emetophobia so avoid taking most things if I can - antibiotics, vitamins, iron tablets...

    You'll be fine x
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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Thank you ever so much for all your messages!

    Im going to start them in half an hour, i keep putting it off but after reading the messages you have put im going to take it!

    Thank you so much i hope your feeling better whilst taking these? I hope to see improvements

    xxx

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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Hello Lilcharlie

    Did you start the half a tablet of sertraline? How is it going?
    I take half a 50mg tablet in the morning and the evening. I have been doing this for two weeks now and have very little side effects.
    Do get nights sweats occasionally (although that could be something else i.e early menopause ) and a slight tingling sensation in my hands.

    I manage to stay on even keel and now only suffer with minor social anxiety/general anxiety when I am tired or have a lot of things to do in a short time.

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    Re: Dont know what to do im scared about Sertraline

    Hi there

    I have been on it for about 6 months now and have had no side effects at all. I was on some other stuff before and I had weird side effects. These are helping alot. I am on 50mg and started on 50mg straight away.

    Chow!
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    Hey lilcharlie, hows it going? Are the side effects gone now?

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