Suggest dosage for Zoloft
I am an elite level figure skater, who just started taking zoloft for anxiety ocd and depression I take 25 mg. I tried taking it in the morning, but I get nasea while skating. It is also causing some insomia. Would it be better to take in the evening instead of morning and take a sleep aid?
Hello, and thanks very much for your premium question.
Let me begin by saying this problem is temporary and totally fixable. When people first begin taking Zoloft, nausea is probably the most common side effect. This side effect typically lasts for about two weeks at the longest, as the body gets used to the medicine. So rest assured this will go away. In the meantime, a couple things I suggest are taking it with a meal, and taking it at night (as you correctly suggested). This should help while your body habituates to the drug.
As for insomnia, this too typically goes away within the first couple weeks. Zoloft when you first start taking it can be "activating," meaning some people experience paradoxical anxiety and insomnia for the first couple of weeks while their body is adjusting. I would still advise you to shift to taking it at night, and if the insomnia is a big issue, there are a couple safe over-the-counter solutions I recommend. Try melatonin, 3mg thirty minutes before you want to fall asleep, and you can increase the dose up to 10mg nightly if needed. Or, you can try Benadryl, 25mg nightly, and increase to 50mg nightly if need be. Pick one of these (I recommend starting with melatonin) and give it a try.
The side effects will pass, and soon the drug will start to help you in its intended way. Until then, I hope this advice helps you manage.
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