Hi, I have suffered from GAD, Depression and OCD for over 30 years. In recent years, it had been fairly well controlled as I had started on Effexor XR over 300mg years back, and by 2014 had tapered down to 75mg per day. Last year suffered some trauma in a near fatal crash, and mentally did fine in the aftermath. In any event, after leaving the hospital last August, I ended up having relapsing symptoms.
I have had what I consider to be an excellent Psychiatrist for years. We had decided that maybe I had developed a resistance to the Effexor XR, so we were tapering off while putting me on Brintellix. Started Brintellix 7 months ago with 75 mg Effexor XR. Turned out Brintellix was a poor med for me...
Dr. started me on 100mg Sertraline 10 days ago and told me if I was tolerating it to go up to 200mg, which I did 4 days later (6 days ago). I also stopped the Brintellix cold. Still on Effexor XR. I now realize this was quite a big jump onto a new med like Sertraline in a short amount of time. I trust my Doc as he's always been great with the meds as far as when to get on and off, plus I'm a fairly big guy at 6'2" 245lbs and have been on SSRI's for years as I've said.
I have increased sweating and the odor is worse than usual, very heightened anxiety with more intense OCD symptoms, and a recurring headache (comes and goes) and just generally feeling jittery.
Yesterday I had to come home early from work due to an episode. My question is, even at this sudden high dose of Sertraline, are these side effects common? Mostly I'm concerned about the spike in anxiety & OCD.
Any input appreciated.