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Alternative To Zoloft
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
???: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prozac (fluoxetine) caused severe sleepiness, dr switched me to sertraline which is better than prozac, (fluoxetine) but some sleepiness, how to tolerate?With best regards.
Zoloft (sertraline): Suggest taking with dinner on full stomach if ok with your prescribing doc. ...Read more
Possibly: Both are antidepressant medications with different mechanisms of action. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Stay adherent: Ok, well my advice is to remain adherent to your medications and follow the direction of your provider. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer