Hi, I have been taking Zoloft for over 10 years now, on and off but on most of the time. I started Zoloft in 2001 when I have postportam depression and doctor prescribe me 100 mg. I was taking it for a few years and eventually stopped for about 1 year becuase I feel better. And then in 2007, I was dignosed with general anxiety
disorder and doctor prescribe me with Zolof again 100 ml. Since then I have been on Zoloft but for the past year I reduced my dosage into 50 mg. Sometimes in 2009 I started experiencing choronic nausea in the morning (like morning sickness but I am not pragnent), I usually have to take a Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) in the morning and then the rest of the day will be better. On top of feeling nausea, I also started to feel metalic taste in my mouth or tongue, at one point it taste bitter but after a week the bitterness gone away but the metalic taste stays. So the symptom is a combination of nausea and matelic taste in mouth.
I have checked with doctor and they cannot determine what the problem is becuase it does not looks like a gastric problem because I only have gastric pain occasionally. Last week I have a serious case of nausea that I have never experienced before for whole day even I have taken 3 times of Gravol and it does not help. So I booked an appointment with my family doctor and he suggested me to take an ultra sound and X ray test of my stomach. But he also proposed that it may be due to the medication that I have been taking which is Zoloft. I told him that I never have any side effect when I first started Zoloft years ago. When I started Zoloft in 2001 I was 31. So now I am 42. He said it is possible that as I aged, my body changes and it started to have side effect on long term taking of Zoloft.
These few days I have started checking internet on side effect of Zoloft. Seems like all my symptoms are related to overdoes of long term use of SSRI. These past week I also started to feel anxiety symptoms (heart bid faster than usual, hand swierring etc), not too sure if nausea caused anxiety or anxiety caused nausea. The internet also mentioned about diarrea. I did
realised that for the past few months I have more eppisode of dierrea compared with before.
I have also tried getting help from accupuncture and it seems to help a bit. One thing I noticed very strange is that everytime I have a cold or flu in these last few years, in those days that I have not recovered from the cold or flu, I will not experience any nausea. The moment I start recovering, the nausea came back. I am not sure if that is because my body needs more serotonin during my sickness therefore the body did not feel the side effect during my sickness, or the cold medication I took during cold and flu help reduce the nausea feeling.
Anyway, I am here to try to get 2nd opinion. I will be talkihg to my family doctor as well next week but it is very difficult to book a time with Phychiatrists in Toronto, the waiting list is extremely long.
Based on your professional experience, do you have any patients experiencing similar symptoms like me?