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A 35-year-old male asked:

Will i get the same calming effect from zoloft (sertraline) as i do from valium but it will take a few weeks to work ? gp doesn't want me on valium long term.

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Can't predict: Sertraline is a 1st-generation SSRI like Prozac (fluoxetine). Diazepam is a benzodiazepine - chemically very different. BZDs cause psychological not physical dependence meaning that abruptly stopping (not recommended) won't kill you, you'll only wish you were dead. Temporarily, of course. Only way to know is to try it. Your brain doesn't run Windows 8.1; no predicting.

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