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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook Dr. Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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My son can't swallow a Zoloft (sertraline) be crushed?

My son can't swallow a Zoloft (sertraline) be crushed?

Tablet yes cap no: There are two forms of Zoloft (sertraline). The capsule form cannot be crushed but the tablet form can. Your pharmacist may be able to make a liquid form for your son if the capsule is your only option. Be sure to follow the directions of his doctor for dosing adjustments and be sure to keep all appointments for follow up while he is being treated with this medication. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,074 doctors shared insights

Sertraline (Definition)

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


Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Why hasn't anyone isolated the pathogen that causes alzheimer's disease?

Why hasn't anyone isolated the pathogen that causes alzheimer's disease?

They are working: There may not be a pathogen. This may be an autoimmune disease. The researchers are looking at all possibilities. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad Dr. Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

Some people seem to: Alzheimers is a type of dementia, probably now the most common, seems to be increasing , along with all other inflammation related illnesses-some suggestion it is related to chronic herpes virus infection that is really pervasive . There are specific criteria for alzh. And other types of dementia, neurologist referal indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Can't Zoloft (sertraline) make u sweat very badly even at night and resemble lymphoma sweats?

Can't Zoloft (sertraline) make u sweat very badly even at night and resemble lymphoma sweats?

Zoloft (sertraline) sweats: The whole class of ssri medications (including prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) etc.) can cause night sweats, particularly as you are stopping or reducing the medication. Paxil (paroxetine) is the worst offender in this group. Some patients have this symptom even while taking the medication. Usually it will go away after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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When i haven't taken my Zoloft (sertraline) in 2 + days (rarely happens that i skip) why does it cause me headaches?

When i haven't taken my Zoloft (sertraline) in 2 + days (rarely happens that i skip) why does it cause me headaches?

Withdrawal symptom: When you miss your zoloft (sertraline) dose, you could be experiencing some withdrawal (or what the drug companies call "discontinuation") effects -- which can include headache. I'm glad you rarely skip your doses for 2+ days. ...Read more

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Dr. George Valdez Dr. Valdez
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Why can't I take oxyelite pro while i'm taking zoloft (sertraline)? I'm in medical field so complicated answer is okay

Why can't I take oxyelite pro while i'm taking zoloft (sertraline)? I'm in medical field so complicated answer is okay

Unregulated: All supplements are unregulated by fda, so they can put 'pro' and 'awesome' and whatever you want to hear to get excited and spend money, but the fact is there are things they can put that do work, and are dangerous. I see kidney stones, heart, liver and other problems that come from muscle and energy supplements. So with or without zoloft, (sertraline) i wouldn't recommend that stuff. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

Do you need them?: These are antidepressants. If you function well without using them, then stay off of taking them completely. Otherwise you can go back on them(if you remain depressed without using them.)
These doses if tolerated before are fine to take them like before. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Can't remember for the life of me if I took my Zoloft (sertraline) this morning. I'm on 100 mg. Should I risk double dosing or skip it?

Can't remember for the life of me if I took my Zoloft (sertraline) this morning. I'm on 100 mg. Should I risk double dosing or skip it?

Can count pills: On the bottle it should list the day it was filled and the rate at which you are supposed to take it (once or twice a day). You can then count the number of pills left and decide whether you have taken the right number of pills. Also, one extra or fewer dose of Zoloft (sertraline) is not going to throw you into a toxic state. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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My husband's mom had alzheimer's he is 72 & is starting to make up stories that aren't true, should I be concerned about early onset alzheimer's?

My husband's mom had alzheimer's he is 72 & is starting to make up stories that aren't true, should I be concerned about early onset alzheimer's?

Maybe: There are several conditions that can result in telling stories (unintentional lying). The best way to know for sure is to have him evaluated by a physician (primary, psychiatry, neurology, or geriatrics). There are tests that can narrow down the possibilities. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Hopefully you won't: ....have anything to worry about by the time you get up to the typical age when people start having degenerative changes in their brains leading to AD. Hopefully, we will either have a vaccine, medication, or be able to do brain transplants to correct the problems! Yes, it's existed since the dawn of time though it was only named a century ago. Lots of things u can do now but none proven to work ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar Dr. Kumar
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Both grandfathers and my Mom had Alzheimer's. I'm 73 and have symptoms. Drs. are pushing Airecept -- I don't want to be drugged into submission.

Both grandfathers and my Mom had Alzheimer's.  I'm 73 and have symptoms.  

Drs. are pushing Airecept -- I don't want to be drugged into submission.

Alzheimer decisions: I understand that as an Individual, you would like to make your own Decision about Aricept (donepezil). Consider making a list of Changes in: • Memory and what functions in your daily life are being affected • Orientation to time, place and person • Reality testing • Management of finances Discuss this with Neurologist for • Diagnosis • Treatment • Aricept (donepezil) benefits and side effects • Then make your Decision ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I asked a question before about which could medications I could take with zoloft (sertraline). I didn't get an answer, and I can't sleep due to this cough.

I asked a question before about which could medications I could take with zoloft (sertraline). I didn't get an answer, and I can't sleep due to this cough.

Some remedies: A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice may help. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. Hydrate well with broth or water. These are just a few options. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Cady Dr. Cady
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 4 4 years now done good but the last few mo im sacttered braind can't fouse or remenber things could this be a side effect?

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 4 4 years now done good but the last few mo im sacttered braind can't fouse or remenber things could this be a side effect?

Scattered: Yes. Long term treatment with a serotonin boosting drug like sertraline (zoloft) can, in some patients cause a frontal lobe type symptom complex where focus, attention and thinking is altered. Talk with your doc about this. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. John O'Malley Dr. O'Malley
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
50 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I didn't take my night dose of Zoloft (sertraline) & strattera! what can happen?I already didn't see benefit on meds.Will this missed dose affect its effectivity?

I didn't take my night dose of Zoloft (sertraline) & strattera! what can happen?I already didn't see benefit on meds.Will this missed dose affect its effectivity?

Not a Problem: Skipping a day in taking these medications will not be a problem. Just take your next scheduled dose. The effectiveness for both drugs will depend on amount of drug and the time it is in the system. Both depend on time to know if they will be effective. Give 4 weeks for both, then ask your doctor if should increase the doses. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg Dr. Goldenberg
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg BD, Clomfranil 25mg OD. I can't get rid of a thought about an argument made with someone? Its really painful. Any advise please

I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg BD, Clomfranil 25mg OD.
I can't get rid of a  thought about an argument made with someone? Its really painful. Any advise please

More OCD treatment: It looks like you're being treated for depression and OCD. It also sounds like the treatment for the OCD is NOT working well- suggest you get in to see and talk to a psychologist and psychiatrist to sort things out. Go easy on yourself, and trust it will get better with time and regular medication ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for a few yrs. I have noticed weight gain. I want to switch to something that won't make me gain, what works best for my age? 17.

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for a few yrs. I have noticed weight gain. I want to switch to something that won't make me gain, what works best for my age? 17.

Talk w/psychiatrist: This is something you need to discuss with your own psychiatrist, preferably an adolescent psychiatrist. Some medications have additional risks in young people, and you want to be safe and well. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a reasonable choice in adults, but reviewing your concerns with your own doctor would be better than asking doctors who don't know you (like us on healthtap). Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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What if im ok on 100mg Zoloft (sertraline) but don't feel effects of 1mg klonopin 2x a day should I ask to increase klonopin to 2mg 2x a day? I can't find a balance

Zoloft (sertraline) Klonopin : It would help to know what anxiety disorder you have and how you expect to feel on klonopin. That aside, a study was just completed that showed that a significant number of patients with social anxiety did well on zoloft (sertraline) and 3 mg per day of Klonopin along with psychotherapy. Am j psychiatry 2014 jan 1; 171:44. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What would happen if I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and my body doesn't need it just wondering if i would have serotonin symdrome and what symptoms?

What would happen if I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and my body doesn't need it just wondering if i would have serotonin symdrome and what symptoms?

Unprescribed?: If you've been taking zoloft (sertraline) & your body doesn't need it, you'd be exposed to potential side effects like GI upset, nausea, diarrhea, etc -- but none of the benefits. Side effects can happen even if your body does need zoloft (sertraline). If on 200mg zoloft (sertraline) and no other conflicting medications or drugs, serotonin syndrome is very unlikely. If taking unprescribed medications, this is another issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 150mg for years now and my anxiety is under control but the last few days i can't sleep and im not anxious i done get it, what coul?

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 150mg for years now and my anxiety is under control but the last few days i can't sleep and im not anxious i done get it, what coul?

Anxiety ; insomnia: Have you added any new medicines, supplements, or recreational drugs -- or stopped any of the same? Do you drink alcohol? Any changes to your pre-sleep routine? Anything worrisome on your mind? How is your mood, and your energy? These are some things i'd ask in working with you -- your own psychiatrist will want to know the same. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help w/insomnia also. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
1,029 doctors shared insights

Zoloft (Definition)

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