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Burnout at work not sleeping well doc prescribed lorazapam and zoloft (sertraline) but need alertness aren't these sedatives and alter brain chenistry?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
You might try: Trazodone instead of the Zoloft, (sertraline) it will help with getting to sleep too. Benzodiazepines will help you get to sleep, but you will then need them every night and have bad effects long term. If you're depressed and not sleeping well you won't be alert.
Dr. Ronald Herring
Anesthesiology 18 years experience
Medications as a first approach to life stress and poor sleeping patterns is foolish. Yes, these drugs alter brain chemistry (especially Zoloft). Increasing physical fitness, vastly reducing the carbohydrates in your diet, reducing exposure to TV/video gaming/compulsive online presence is a much more reasonable approach. Don't ignore the spiritual side either. Try reading the Psalms.
Jun 6, 2014

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