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I have just been prescribed Sertraline 50mg

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I have just been prescribed Sertraline 50mg for anxiety and am a little afraid of taking it. This is because I developed tinnitus 4 yrs ago after my parents died and I was under immense stress at the time so I was prescribed Citalopream. Now during the 1st month when I took this drug I had a very bad reaction to it - headaches, dizzy etc, and then as soon as the tinnitus developed within weeks of commencing it, i stopped taking the drug. I haven't taken anything since for the fear of it making my tinnitus (which never left) more severe, although I could really do with the help of a drug for my anxiety and would to take a course. A few years ago I spoke with a neurologist friend and they said that citalopram does give tinnitus in some cases. If this is also the case about the Sertraline, could there be a safer antidepressent to take for me.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thank you MurielI have had some patients get tinnitus with sertraline but it is not a common reaction.That being said, I think it is worth a try on it. Tinnitus rarely occurs in my experienceAs an alternative, you might ask your doctor for a beta blocker like propranolol or a benzodiazepine like clonazepam. Those both work well. Clonazepam is slightly addictive in some peoplePropranolol is notPropranolol 40 mg is a reasonable thing to try Or try the sertraline. Like I said tinnitus is uncommon in my experience.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for this questionPlease don't forget a positive rating. I appreciate it.If you have more questions, just reply