A 47-year-old male asked:
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i would like to get off of zoloft and maybe choose rhodiola instead, i am only on 25mg of zoloft currently, i would like a more natural alternative since been on zoloft for 7 years now, any other alternatives or recommendations?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Cognitive behavioral: 25mg is smallest dose of Zoloft (sertraline). In mild-moderate depression, non-pharmacologic options often bring about results as good as medications but w/o side effects. Ask your prescribing physician about switching to psychotherapy, for instance, cognitive behavioral therapy. St John's wort is herb most well known for use in depression.
Answered on May 5, 2015
Dr. Krishna Kumar
54 years experience Psychiatry
Depression, Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) is a medication for treatment of depression. I commend you for decreasing dose of Zoloft (sertraline) to 25mg/day. Due to use of Zoloft (sertraline) for 7 years, I understand your desire to use alternatives There isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether Rhodiola, a plant is effective for depression. See a Psychiatrist for Psychotherapy to cope with stressors in your life, and use Yoga and Meditation.
Answered on May 5, 2015
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Zoloft (sertraline): Not sure what Zoloft (sertraline) low dose was prescribed to you for, but talk to your doctor about alternative. If it was for anxiety, some natural remedies might be Kava, Valerian, Chamomile, etc. For Depression, some are SAM-e, 5-HT, etc.
Answered on May 14, 2016

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