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I had a horrible reaction to only 25mg of Zoloft. Within 8 hours I had a huge panic attack, shivering, sweating, dry heaving, insane anxiety, brain zaps. I tried for 3 more days but the side effects were too intense. Could not sleep, sky high anxiety, vomiting. I couldn't take care of my kids or myself!! That was 10 months ago and I've been afraid to try anything else.

My dr. is suggesting Lexapro for my GAD. If they are both SSRI wont the same thing happen? Im terrified....has anyone had success on Lexapro and not Zoloft?

There isn't a way to tell unless you try it, but I had bad results with Zoloft (not extreme side effects like you had, but it just didn't work for me) but much better results with Lexapro. I'd say to give it a try!

You can also try a different class of drugs if you think maybe SSRI isn't doing it for you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! What did Zoloft do to you?

Do you currently take Lexapro?
It probably won't give you the same effect. Sometimes it takes awhile to find the right medication. If you reacted the same to all meds than it would be easy for someone to find one. I went through six different medication before I found one that helped me.

Only one out of the six caused me to have panic attacks and anxiety. The others had some mild unwanted side effects, or just didn't work for me.

If you have an unwanted effect, call the doctor. He/she will either take you off it and try another, or lower the dose.

I currently take lexapro and it works. I don't know if it will work for you, but you won't know until you try.

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