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Blooming Grove, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

How long do the side effects of zoloft (sertraline) last? how long till the medicine is effective and i start noticing a difference in myself?

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Sertraline effects: some Pts notice mild improvement in mood or anxiety within days of starting an SSRI (doses are adjusted daily in hosp). pts will need to be on a therapeutic dose for up to 8 weeks to see full benefits of the med. Pts also differ with respect to SEs. Most Pts have only self limited or rather tolerable SEs (like dry mouth). Rarely, more serious SEs occur. Talk to your doc about your risks/benefits
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Last updated Jun 10, 2017


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