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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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