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I am in the early stages of taking sertraline.

By January 14, 2011 - 6:41am
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I have been suffering from depression, and the worst side effect is not being able to get anything done. I have been prescribed sertraline and I am hoping that this is going to help me. I have suffered quite bad side effects, and they are beginning to settle down. I don't know whether to continue on sertraline or ask for venlafaxine. I was prescribed venlafaxine when my son was small and I got everything in the house done. I am hoping that the sertraline will do the same. I am fed up with myself. For some reason I am not doing the washing up, even though I don't like to come down in the morning and find it not done.

I even got to the stage where I didn't wash everyday. This is improving. I think that one of the things that is making me depressed is that I have Stress Incontinence. I know that it is very common but it makes me feel low and dirty. I suppose my main question is whether I should continue with the sertraline for now. I think it takes a number of weeks to have the full effect. Another thing that depresses me is that I wanted a second child and I only have one. He is now 8 years old , and I think it saddens me he has no brother or sister. I did try to have another one , but now I am getting on.....44 years . Is it too late? I wish I had tried harder, but I had 2 miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy. Can I still get pregnant again after this?

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Hi Julesw,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. The best thing would be to work with your doctor. Taking into consideration how long you have been on this new medication, they may decide if they feel it's working for you. Keep track of symptoms, and side effects so you can clearly relay those to your doctor. I know I already asked in your other post, but are you undergoing talk therapy either by yourself or in a group? or both! Especially with all you've been through and considering your other health concerns, you may benefit from it.
I personally know how difficult it is dealing with miscarriages (I've had two that I know of, both in the 1st trimester). In regard to your question about having another child, if you want one, and you are able, then go for it! Here is a question from another member to consider, and the responses she received: Is 45 Too Old To Have A Baby?
Good luck and let us know what you figure out, and decide! Hope to hear some good news soon~

January 14, 2011 - 9:57am
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