I have been on Zoloft (aka sertraline) for almost a year now and have noticed a significant difference in the amount of anxiety I feel on a daily basis. Although I still get overwhelmed in particular situations, I have noticed a dramatic improvement. My psychiatrist prescribed sertraline because it is one of the most effective medications for improving the symptoms of OCD, even though it is by no means a cure-all and is usually used in conjunction with psychotherapy. As of right now, I am just taking the medication and have currently opted out of the psychotherapy because I’m not at a place that I feel I could handle what that might entail. In other words, sertraline is doing wonders for me to the extent that it alone can.
HOWEVER, there are a few very interesting side effects to this medication that I was really not aware of prior to beginning it. Although these side effects are not adverse enough to outweight the benefits, they are nonetheless very interesting to blog about 😀
Almost the very first night after taking sertraline 100mg, I noticed that my dreams were extremely vivid and strange. Every night since then, my dreams have continued in the same manner. For example, last night I had a dream that my boyfriend and I went to Sam’s club and were walking near the tables of clothes when a salesman called after us. His booth was blocking every entrance to the clothing tables and he was saying, “Why buy premade clothes when you can paint your own t-shirt here!” Sure enough, there were stacks and stacks of painted shirts at his booth and squeezable bottles of shirt paint. There were approximately seven people already painting their own t-shirts. My boyfriend managed to snag one of the blank t-shirts and began using white paint to fill in a stencil of the silohuette of the London cityscape. To my great distress, however, I could not find a blank t-shirt because they had all apparently been taken. I was becoming quite upset after riffling through stacks and stacks of already painted t-shirts. I was nearly in tears when my high school friend, who I should note would have no reason to be at Sam’s club at this exact date and time, generously gave me a dress to paint that she had, but couldn’t wear anymore. This is where the dream seems to fade from memory, but as you can see, these dreams are totally random, yet so vivid!
I could go on and on with stories that my brain conjures up while loaded with sertraline, but I will spare you that boredom.
Another interesting side effect is the night sweats. Let me not confuse you with the term “sweats” because they are more like night drenches. Almost every night I either wake up in the morning totally wet or I wake up in the middle of the night so drenched that I have to change my clothes entirely and then get back into the soupiest sheets (yes, soupiest is now a word). It is awful. I end up changing my sheets sometimes twice weekly because they just get unbearable. I have never experienced this in my life prior to taking sertraline and I have heard from others that this is most likely a side effect of the medication.
These are probably the two most obvious side effects, but there is one other, huge side-effect that is associated with anti-depressant medications that I have experienced and those of you taking them probably know what I’m talking about. I will let you infer what I’m talking about. I do advise those of you who value your love life to seriously consider this side effect before beginning any anti-depressant medication. Yeah, it’s a real downer.
To sum things up, these are the exciting side-effects of sertraline! I would love to hear what others have to say about this, so please share!