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What is a better alternative to zoloft (sertraline)?

What is a better alternative to zoloft (sertraline)?

There are many: There are many alternatives to zoloft, including celexa, prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) lexapro, etc. If zoloft is being used for depression, exercise may also be an alternative to zoloft and other ssri's. The "best" medicine for you depends on a thorough psychiatric evaluation and careful selection based on your individual needs. In this, your doctor also considers other medicines you're taking. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Sertraline (Definition)

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


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I am looking for a natural alternative to zoloft (sertraline). Help please?

I am looking for a natural alternative to zoloft (sertraline). Help please?

Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. See your doctor to discuss your concerns about zoloft. ...Read more

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What is an alternative treatment to Zoloft (sertraline)? I don't want anything addictive but I just don't like the side effects of zoloft (sertraline)

What is an alternative treatment to Zoloft (sertraline)? I don't want anything addictive but I just don't like the side effects of zoloft (sertraline)

Diagnosis trumps med: Meaning it is important to know what you are trying to treat. Zoloft (sertraline) like medications (known as SSRI type meds) can be part of helping treat depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric issues. Therapy can be very effective in helping with many of the same issues. There are many different types of meds and non-medication interventions that can help with such issues. Discuss with your provider. ...Read more

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Afraid to take Zoloft (sertraline) because of the side effects.. Is there any other alternative?

Afraid to take Zoloft (sertraline) because of the side effects.. Is there any other alternative?

Many alternatives: There are many alternatives to zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) and those chosen depend on what your doctor is trying to treat. Zoloft (sertraline) has many ssri cousins. Also there are non-pharmaceutical ways to help anxiety & depression, 2 of the most common reasons zoloft (sertraline) might be prescribed. Discuss your fear with your physician, and work with him/her about your treatment. ...Read more

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Currently take 200mg Zoloft daily and Dr. has now added Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg daily. Is this a problem? What alternatives should I discuss with Dr.?

Currently take 200mg Zoloft  daily and Dr. has now added Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg daily. Is this a problem? What alternatives should I discuss with Dr.?

Seems like a lot: Zoloft 200 mg is a pretty high dose. You may want to ask him about weaning down on the Zoloft as he's increasing the Effexor XR. You may also want to ask about another class of medication instead of the Effexor XR such as wellbutrin, buproprion or abilify, (aripiprazole) depending on your diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've recently stopped taking citalopram, if I decide to go back on meds would zoloft (sertraline) be a similar alternative for my anxiety?

I've recently stopped taking citalopram, if I decide to go back on meds would zoloft (sertraline) be a similar alternative for my anxiety?

Psychiatrist choice: This is not a DIY project. You can and should play a big role, but let the psychiatrist make offers and provide info on pros/cons and alternatives. Your job is accurate descriptions, info on other conditions and meds and reactions. Anxiety is best to treat in combo w/ CBT - Learn skills! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more