U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 24-year-old female asked:

I was prescribed zoloft (sertraline) for my anxiety and depression. and. that pill didn't help at all. what other medications can i talk to my dr about taking ins.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Many choices: If this is your first try at mood maintenance meds, you have many good medicines for a next try: lexapro, celexa, cymbalta (duloxetine). Be sure to give each medicine a decent try - at leat a month. If you have an intolerance, hang in there and give the medicine a full month to "percolate" in your system. Be careful, though, this whole group has a possibility of sexual side effects (decreased libido or climax).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
What was your dose?: How long were you on it? Patience is required for SSRI medications. We start you at a low dose and then increase the dose. Once you are at the right dose, it may still take another 2 to 6 weeks to get a full response. I am wondering if you are wanting to quit taking zoloft without having an adequate trial.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Nov 13, 2018


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.