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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. 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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What is an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) 50 mg?

What is an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) 50 mg?

Depends on why: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an SSRI and there are countless other meds in this group of drugs that can help. Sometimes what works for one person or at one time does not help someone else. However, others in the group of meds may be very effective. There are also other classes of antidepressants that you can discuss with your doctor. However, most important is knowing the reasons that you want to switch. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with inositol? Will inositol cause wellbutrin (bupropion) to not work as well?

Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with inositol? Will inositol cause wellbutrin (bupropion) to not work as well?

???: Why would you want to use inositol? Are you clear on dosage? Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used an antidepressant, but there are many better known medications to use than inositol. This is more complicated than it seems. Check with the physician who prescribed the wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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Any safer alternative to levaquin?

Any safer alternative to levaquin?

Safer?: Levaquin is a 3rd generation floroquinalone and is used for many conditions. It is generally safe and well tolerated. What is your concern exactly? Is it tendon or joint problems, gastrointestinal issues, or sensitivity? Worth discussing with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Best antidepresant to take in conjunction to Buspar (buspirone) for an alzheimer's patient.

Best antidepresant to take in conjunction to Buspar (buspirone) for an alzheimer's patient.

A # of options: This is best discussed with the patient's provider. If the depression is atypical, wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good choice. For typical depression or anxiety - a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor can be used. If the person needs something more on the sedating side - a medication like Remeron may be considered. There isn't one best medication to use - it depends on how the patient tolerates possible >>. ...Read more

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Would a doctor recommend adding wellbutrin (bupropion) sr to prozac?

Would a doctor recommend adding wellbutrin (bupropion) sr to prozac?

Possibly: Both are antidepressant medications with different mechanisms of action. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) and Inositol together, and what would be better to take with Zoloft (sertraline) L-theanine or inositol.

Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) and Inositol together, and what would be better to take with Zoloft (sertraline) L-theanine or inositol.

Inositol isn't: readily absorbed, and is more a prebiotic. So, it can be taken anytime. Also, l-theanine is for issues related to post traumatic stress disorder, and as an amino acid would probably best taken alone by itself. I would take Zoloft (sertraline) once a day separately at the time your doctor recommended you take it. Not take it all together. ...Read more

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Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

If it is approved by: Your prescribing provider. Both are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is approved for treatment of major depression ; generalized anxiety disorder but some doctors use it off label for panic disorder ; agoraphobia. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant would you recommend for anxiety Lexapro or wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Which antidepressant would you recommend for anxiety Lexapro or wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Anxiety medication: Lexapro and other ssri medications are considered first line treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) while often a very effective medication for depression (and off-label for add/adhd), does not have a significant serotonin effect and therefore is not considered to be a great medication to treat anxiety. It does help with depression that can be co-morbid commonly with anxiety. ...Read more

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Can i switch from Zoloft to wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Can i switch from Zoloft to wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Switch to Zoloft (sertraline): If limited response & as directed by your prescribing doc. ...Read more

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How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

Depends on you: All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR with verapamil?

Is it safe to take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR with verapamil?

Drug interaction : checker revealed no interactions between effexor (venlafaxine) XR and verapamil. However, that is not a guarantee that one could not occur. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm switching from celexa to Paxil (paroxetine) to zoloft. Need advice?

I'm switching from celexa to Paxil (paroxetine) to zoloft. Need advice?

Stay adherent: Ok, well my advice is to remain adherent to your medications and follow the direction of your provider. ...Read more

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Alternative to Abilify for avoiding weight gain? Also taking 100mg pristiq (desvenlafaxine).

Alternative to Abilify for avoiding weight gain? Also taking 100mg pristiq (desvenlafaxine).

Talk with the doctor: There are several newer antipsychotics that are thought to have less weight gain like lurasidone, asenapine, iloperidone and ziprasidone. You may want to talk to the prescribing doctor to see if one is appropriate for you! ...Read more

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I'm currently taking risperdone, Artane, Lexapro, (escitalopram) and Lamictal. Is it safe to use passion flower with those for insomnia?

I'm currently taking risperdone, Artane, Lexapro, (escitalopram) and Lamictal. Is it safe to use passion flower with those for insomnia?

Talk to your doctor : In general, I recommend patients to not combine their psychiatric medications with herbals. Based upon my review of Passion flower, increased drowsiness is the main risk. Some herbals increase the risk of Serotonin syndrome when combined with psych meds. I did not see any reports of this with Passion flower. Talk to your doctor before combining your meds with any herbal preparations. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What meds should I try to eliminate, gabapentin, cymbalta, (duloxetine) welbutrin, or remeron?

Ask your doctor: For some individuals using a combinations of medications allows them to maximize therapeutic benefit with minimizing dose dependent side effects . But for most of us "less is more". While it may be advisable to simplify your meds the specific choice and how to change the regimen requires a shared decision plan between you and your doctor. ...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