It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for sertraline to work. Side effects such as feeling sick, headaches and trouble sleeping are common. They’re usually mild and go away after a couple of weeks.
Why does sertraline make you feel sick?
When you take an SSRI like Zoloft, your serotonin levels increase. This stimulates serotonin receptors in the brain and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This stimulation can cause GI-related symptoms like: Nausea.
What are the most common side effects of sertraline?
Nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased sweating, diarrhea, upset stomach, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
How long after taking sertraline do side effects start?
However, some people who use sertraline start to notice improvements within one to two weeks of using the medication. It’s also common to notice some mild side effects from sertraline during the first weeks of treatment, with these effects often subsiding over the first one to two months.
How do you stop feeling sick when taking sertraline?
Minimizing Antidepressant Nausea
- Take your medication with food, unless you are told otherwise.
- Take your antidepressant at bedtime to sleep through the worst of the symptoms.
- Eat smaller meals, more frequently.
- Suck on sugarless, hard candy whenever you are nauseous.
- Take an antacid like Pepcid (famotidine) or Tums.
Why is sertraline making me so tired?
Fatigue and drowsiness are two of the most common side effects of sertraline (Zoloft), as well as several other SSRIs. If you’re using sertraline to treat depression, fatigue and tiredness from the medication can also be compounded by the effects of depression on your mood.
Is 50mg of sertraline a lot?
The usual dose of sertraline is 50mg a day in adults. But it might be started at a lower dose, then increased gradually to a maximum dose of 200mg a day. If you have liver problems, your doctor might give you a lower dose or advise you to take sertraline less often.
What drugs should not be taken with sertraline?
Sertraline should not be taken with or within two weeks of taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These include phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®), rasagiline (Azilect®), and selegiline (Emsam®).
Do antidepressants make you feel worse at first?
When you start an antidepressant medicine, you may feel worse before you feel better. This is because the side effects often happen before your symptoms improve.
Is it better to take Zoloft in the morning or at night?
Administer once daily either morning or evening. If Zoloft makes you drowsy, take it at bedtime. May be taken with or without food; however, this needs to be consistent.
What happens if you drink alcohol with sertraline?
Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of Zoloft, including dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. For this reason it is best to avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Zoloft, especially if you are planning to drive or operate machinery.