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I've been on zoloft for a week and now have a headache is

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I've been on zoloft for a week and now have a headache is that something that happens with first time users
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Dear friend,

One of the side effects form Zoloft (sertraline) are migraine headaches. Migraines are strong, throbbing headache pain, someones on just one side, sometimes on both sides of the head, mostly behind one ear or eye, or in the front around the temples. Sometimes these headaches may include nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.. These headaches can cast for a few hours or up to a couple of days.

You didn't mention your dosage, but the usual starting dose is 50 mg which can be increased by 50 mg once per week, up to a maximum of 200 mg.

The usual treatment is acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) and if the pain won't go away readily, your physician may give you something stronger.

It will probably take weeks for the Zoloft to kick in and help you, and hopefully the headaches will subside before them.

If they persist for more than a week or two, or get worse, see your physician.

I wish you great success.

Warm regards,

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
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