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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Overview)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose.


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Was taking olanzapine and they give me muscle spasms everywhere! They said it wasn't that what caused it! Could sertraline get rid of muscle spasms?

Was taking olanzapine and they give me muscle spasms everywhere! They said it wasn't that what caused it! Could sertraline get rid of muscle spasms?

Not likely: Olanzapine muscle spasms are often due to the effects of Olanzapine on dopamine. Sertraline would not help this problem. You should talk to your doctor, first because you want someone to assess the kind of muscle spasm you were having, and second so that your doctor can suggest the appropriate thing to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Overview)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose.


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Please describe the medication: sertraline?

Please describe the medication: sertraline?

Sertraline: Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose. ...Read more

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No insurance until next month but need refills on sertraline, am having withdrawal, tried walk in clinic and couldn't prescribe it, what should I do?

No insurance until next month but need refills on sertraline, am having withdrawal, tried walk in clinic and couldn't prescribe it, what should I do?

Establish care: Due to the need for monitoring of that medication, the safest thing would be to establish care with a primary care physician or psychiatrist. It would be imprudent and unwise for a physician to prescribe that medication blindly without follow up, which is why it could not be prescribed in the walk in clinic. ...Read more

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I'm taking clonazepam as needed but was prescribed sertraline to take everyday. Is it safe for me to just switch right away?

I'm taking clonazepam as needed but was prescribed sertraline to take everyday. Is it safe for me to just switch right away?

Not a good idea.: You should check with your prescribing physician. Even with as needed Clonazepam stopping it should be done slowly, especially since the sertraline takes time to be effective in controlling your anxiety. ...Read more

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I use sertraline & recently deplin. When I restrict food I get diarrhea. Recently its got worse have diahrea more often. Can I use Imodium (loperamide) 24/7?

I use sertraline & recently deplin. When I restrict food I get diarrhea. Recently its got worse have diahrea more often. Can I use Imodium (loperamide) 24/7?

No don't do that: Get checked out. Make sure your thyroid is not overactive, If thyroid test is negative find out what is causing your problem. (May need to see the gastroenterologist) Usually constant diarrhea is not from the medication but this may need to be ruled out as well (serotonergic syndrome). ...Read more

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Does ashwagandha work for panic attacks? Used daily? Can it be used while taking sertraline, or during weening off sert?

Does ashwagandha work for panic attacks? Used daily? Can it be used while taking sertraline, or during weening off sert?

No: Ashwagandha is a common herb in ayurvedic medicine. It has a variety of uses -- much to do with adapting to stress. Some use it for anti-anxiety properties, but it does not have research supporting any prevention of panic attacks. There are no conflicts between it and sertraline -- but there could be with benzos. Talk w/your doc. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10956379? dopt=abstract. ...Read more

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Is sertraline effective for anxiety?

Is sertraline effective for anxiety?

Yes: Yes, sertraline can help with anxiety. Your psychiatrist can evaluate and work with you to arrive at the best regimen, though. It is usually best to also work in psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can provide many tools to deal with anxiety on your own. Other psychotherapies may help as well -- such as emdr when traumatic flashbacks & nightmares are a problem. ...Read more

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Does sertraline work in the cns?

Does sertraline work in the cns?

Yes: It works in the brain and also your gut. It works on sertonin which is a messenger that works where there are nerve cells. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sertraline and mirtazapine together help please as have been taken both x?

Is it safe to take sertraline and mirtazapine together help please as have been taken both x?

If prescribed, yes: Sometimes psychiatrists do use this combination, especially when someone is having a big problem with sleep along with anxiety/depression. If prescribed, your doctor will be keeping a watch on the doses and any potential signs of serotonin overload. Generally mirtazepine will be at a lower dose than the zoloft (sertraline). Please don't do this on your own, though. ...Read more

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Can I take dequadin lozenges with sertraline safely?

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Can I take dequadin lozenges with sertraline safely?

Dequadin/Zoloft: Dequadin is an antiseptic. It should be safe with zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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Since starting sertraline 25mg I've had a lot of bruising on my arms. Is this dangerous & should I stop taking it?

Remotely!: Get your cbs, focusing on your platelets, and have your liver function checked, since clotting factors are made there. If normal, it is unlikely that generic zoloft (sertraline) is the problem. If these are normal, you may have another problem. So go see your doc! ...Read more

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Can drink alchohol while taking sertraline ad. Thank u?

Can drink alchohol while taking sertraline ad. Thank u?

Alcohol is a drug: Nope. Alcohol is a depressant. It will make your sertraline ineffective. Time and time again we hear this story that when people stopped drinking suddenly their anti-depression medication began to work. ...Read more

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Will I have side effect decreasing sertraline 50mg to 25 mg?

Will I have side effect decreasing sertraline 50mg to 25 mg?

Possible.: It is possible to have side effects from decreasing the dose of your zoloft (sertraline). Some common ones might be lightheadedness, dizziness, and possibly increased anxiety. Before decreasing or stopping any medication like this it is important to discuss this with your doctor as he can tell you how to adjust your medication safely.
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What were the usual side effects of sertraline?

What were the usual side effects of sertraline?

Zoloft (sertraline): Headaches, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea are common. Also sexual side effects such as impotence later on. ...Read more

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How long does sertraline stay in the system?

It depends: The half life for sertraline is 26 hours. To know how long it stays in the system, one must know how long the individual has been taking the medication and the dosage. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of sertraline usually last?

How long do the side effects of sertraline usually last?

Depends: Some s/e like loose stool are just temporaru for the 1st week or so as your body adapts. Others, like sexual dysfunction (if it should occur) can be pretty persistent. The important thing to keep in mind is that no 2 people are the same. ...Read more

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How sertraline effects methylphenidate metabolism? Can be used to increasing ritalin half life? Best regards.

How sertraline effects methylphenidate metabolism? Can be used to increasing ritalin half life? Best regards.

No: Sertraline does not affect the metabolism of methylphenidate and vice versa. Some unproven but helpful ways to decrease tolerance to stimulants are with magnesium or with memantine. ...Read more

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I've been taking 50mg of sertraline for the last four weeks for anxiety and depression and I find it difficult orgasming will this effect wear off?

It may not: Ssris of which zoloft (sertraline) is one, can interfere with sexual arousal. Often it does not get better with time and the only "cure"can be discontinuing the medication. ...Read more

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