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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I was diagnosed with depression/BD since 1997. I'm looking for Natural / Homeopathic Alternatives To Zoloft (Sertraline 100 mg) and Risperidal 1 mg.

I was diagnosed with depression/BD since 1997. I'm looking for Natural / Homeopathic Alternatives To Zoloft (Sertraline 100 mg) and Risperidal 1 mg.

Meds: St John, s Wart has been recognized in some naturalist sources as an equivalent to an SsRI such as Zoloft. I would suggest you consult a homeopathic doctor on this possibility ...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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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?

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?

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. ...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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Stopped zoloft and starting 5htp. Is this a good alternative and what are the side effects if any?

Not equal: Zoloft is an SSRI antidepressant and antianxiety medication. %-HT is a protein based supplement You can add 5HT to your current mediciation.. ...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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What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd? Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd? Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

Hi-dose SSRI, CBT: On the medication side, ssri antidepressants such as zoloft (sertraline) are the most used, often at doses higher than typically prescribed for depression. It's also worth considering psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral approaches such as cbt or erp (exposure and response prevention) are often helpful for ocd. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) and don't want it. Can I pour it down toilet?

Talk to your doctor: First, it is not a good idea to flush meds down the toilet due to filtration and sanitation concerns. It is best to have your physician's office, pharmacy or the police station dispose of them properly. As far as discontinuing zoloft (sertraline) on your own, I would strongly recommend that you speak with your doctor about your concerns with yhe med. ...Read more

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Will Zoloft (sertraline) help will obsessive harmful thought s that won't go away?

Will Zoloft (sertraline) help will obsessive harmful thought s that won't go away?

Maybe.: Sertraline is a reasonable drug to consider. It has more than a fair chance of working for you. ...Read more

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What should I do if I haven't felt any change after taking Zoloft (sertraline) for almost 4 weeks?

See your doctor: Like all antidepressants, it may take 4-6 weeks to feel the full benefit, but you should see at least some benefit within a couple of weeks zoloft can be dosed up to 150 mg so if you are on a lower dose, the dose can be increased. If you are already on150 mg then it is time to consider another antidepressant or adding abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, or Remeron to supplement the effects of the zoloft. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) make you gain weight? I've put on 30 lbs in two months and I can't loose it

Zoloft (sertraline) weight gain: Some people are very sensitive to mental medicines and would gain weight even with meds that are not kwown to make people gain weight. If you already have a weight issue and cannot lose weight easily, zoloft (sertraline) can also cause you some weight gain even thought it causes the least of that.
If you already have a healthy lifestyle, please make it better, if not then try to adopt a healthy one. ...Read more

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I feel like I've lost myself while being on Zoloft (sertraline) but I can't stop taking it what should I do?

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Zoloft (sertraline): Not sure what dose u r taking & whether your symptoms started after increasing the dose, but I recommend reviewing those possibilities with your prescribing doctor to see if lowering the dose might be an option. ...Read more

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My normal 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) doesn't help me anymore so I double dosed and I feel better. Is that okay?

My normal 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) doesn't help me anymore so I double dosed and I feel better. Is that okay?

Yes, but....: Yes, but, first, you're lucky that you haven't experienced an adverse reaction to doubling your dose. We always advise patients only to change their medication with their physician's advice & consent, but, now that you've done so, please let your doctor know! Thanks! ...Read more

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I've been taking 1 50mg Zoloft (sertraline) a day, it hasn't been helping. Would it hurt me if I take 2 of the 50mg a day?

I've been taking 1 50mg Zoloft (sertraline) a day, it hasn't been helping. Would it hurt me if I take 2 of the 50mg a day?

Don't know: What condition you are being treated for? Don't know how long you have been on this dose? It can take 4 to 6 weeks to get a full response of zoloft (sertraline) at your current dose. Please don't make any changes to your medications without discussing with your physician/ psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I'm on 50mg of Zoloft, (sertraline) once a day. I accidentally took two doses tonight (wasn't thinking). Should I worry about anything?

Zoloft (sertraline) Effects: Zoloft (sertraline) is a medication for treatment of Depression.

Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg/day is average maintenance dose
“I wasn't thinking” suggests that you feel overwhelmed with stress

Zoloft (sertraline) may cause
Nausea, insomnia. Anxiety, agitation, irritability, dizziness, headache

Treatment of Depression and anxiety is Therapy, Medication, Breathing Relaxation, Visual imagery, Yoga, and Meditation

See your Psychiatrist ...Read more

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Mdd controlled w/zoloft. The last few days I'm disinterested, feel worthless, just want to lay in bed. Hasn't been this bad in a while. Advice?

Mdd controlled w/zoloft. The last few days I'm disinterested, feel worthless, just want to lay in bed. Hasn't been this bad in a while. Advice?

Depressive relapse: It's that time of year again. You could have a seasonal mood disorder component, or your zoloft (sertraline) may have hit a plateau and need an increase. Did u get a different generic? If things are real bad your psychiatrist may add in any number of agents. Get in touch with your psych soon. They will know what to do. If you have a trauma history, you may need to expand cbt to include trauma work. ...Read more

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I am coming off Zoloft, (sertraline) it worked for me last time, saved me. This time a year or two later it isn't working. Did I build up a tolerance?

I am coming off Zoloft, (sertraline) it worked for me last time, saved me. This time a year or two later it isn't working. Did I build up a tolerance?

Probably.: Some people have reported this phenomena that when they get off an antidepressant and they have to take it again for recurrence of depression, they notice that it takes a bigger dose to relieve their depression. I have read this in some literature and I have seen this with some of my patients. In fact, when the same antidepressant is restarted, you have to start with a higher dose. ...Read more

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My dr in oh requires frequent visits to refill Zoloft (sertraline) and doesn't change the rx. Is this acceptable practice? I have trouble refilling on time.

Common practice.: Many psychiatrists see patients monthly for refills. Sometimes more often if medication are being changed or if there are safety concerns. You might ask your doctor if she or he would consider lengthening out the time between office visits. Take care. ...Read more

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Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Zoloft (sertraline) weight gain: Review your weight gain with prescribing doctor to make sure there is no other explanation. If all points to Zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) discuss switching to another med not likely to cause weight gain. Weight gain should slowly reverse when Zoloft (sertraline) is stopped. Be sure to eat healthy and exercise as best you can. Good you're questioning the weight gain. All the best. ...Read more

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I stil can't find any add ons for Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg a day here in australia. I have a bizy day everyday looking after my disabled son which has hydrocaphelu?

Some need more: Many patients require doses of sertraline greater than 200 mg per day to attain remission from depression and anxiety. Antidepressants with other mechanisms of action can also be added to sertraline in non-responders. These include bupropion and mirtazepine. Other agents such as benzodiazepines may be helpful. ...Read more

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On Zoloft (sertraline) and feeling worse, can't think/focus. What do you suggest?

Zoloft (sertraline) side effect: Call your prescriber right away, explaining how you feel. There are many alternatives that can offer the effect you need. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,048 Doctors shared insights

Zoloft (Definition)

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