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A 18-year-old female asked:

I just started zoloft (sertraline) and my side effects are common but i want to stop taking it. how do i stop? i've only taken 3 doses (all three half of a pill)

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Need to discuss with prescibing physician obviously taking for a reason. If having a problem respect your physician and inform him of problems for both advice and alternative.
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Dr. Tracey Marks
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Can probably stop: Generally medications need to be tapered off in order to avoid withdrawal. You should always check with your doctor about stopping your medication. That said - if you have only taken 3 half pills and if the pill was the smallest pill size, then you are at a good stopping point already. You've taken a very small dose for not very long and are unlikely to have trouble stopping.
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Last updated Mar 11, 2022

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