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Would it be okay I lf I took Zoloft (sertraline) at night and ritalin in the morning, instead of both in the morning? What's the benefits of taking Zoloft (sertraline) at night

Would it be okay I lf I took Zoloft (sertraline) at night and ritalin in the morning, instead of both in the morning? What's the benefits of taking Zoloft (sertraline) at night

Ask your Doctor: Are you having a problem with the current way you are taking your medication? If not, why change? If you are having a problem, don't you think you should discuss it with your prescribing physician.? I usually recommend that zoloft (sertraline) be taken in thr morning, as it can make it harder to fall asleep. Less commonly, zoloft (sertraline) makes patients tired, that's when I say to take it at night. Good luck. ...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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At what point do benefits out weigh risks of Zoloft (sertraline) in pregnancy? I need it, but am very hesitant to take it. I'm 13 weeks 3 days. Is it safe?

At what point do benefits out weigh risks of Zoloft (sertraline) in pregnancy? I need it, but am very hesitant to take it. I'm 13 weeks 3 days. Is it safe?

Delay past 1st "tri": It really depends on the severity of depressive symptoms. The ssri-type antidepressants have been pretty safe when used during pregnancy so, if you're prone to suicidal ideation or neglecting taking good care of yourself, go ahead and get back on what has worked for you in the past. The further you get past organogenesis in the first trimester, generally, lowers the risk of some drug complication. ...Read more

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If taking Zoloft (sertraline) is lnt working as well as I want it to work, what would be te benefits of switching to an ssnri?

If taking Zoloft (sertraline) is lnt working as well as I want it to work, what would be te benefits of switching to an ssnri?

Unknown: Zoloft (sertraline) is an ssri, it seems its helping but not as much as you want to, discuss with your doctor, he may switch you to another ssri, or switch to an snri. We need more history to advice. Ssri mostly works on serotonin, while snri works more on Dopamine and norepinephrine, but each brand has its pro s and cons. Best discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My psych increased my Zoloft (sertraline) dose to 150 mgs (75 2x a day)since a month after being on 100 for 45 days. Is it normal that no benefit after a month now?

My psych increased my Zoloft (sertraline) dose to 150 mgs (75 2x a day)since a month after being on 100 for 45 days. Is it normal that no benefit after a month now?

Zoloft (sertraline): It depends on why you're taking zoloft, (sertraline) and what specific benefits you're looking for. I see that you list ocd but not depression in your additional information. Ocd often requires higher doses than depression, and your psychiatrist may have some more dose adjusting to do. Hoping you'll speak with your own psychiatrist about this, and that you'll have some relief soon. ...Read more

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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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Can you please list the most common benefits or side effects from taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Zoloft (sertraline): Benefits - improving anxiety, panic or depression. Some of the potential GI side effects from zoloft (sertraline) include: diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite and change in weight. A person can also experience headache, dizziness, tremors, or feeling tired. Erectile dysfunction can occur. More serious side effects include: seizures, bleeding problems, fever, irregular heart rhythm, cont'd. ...Read more

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Is 100mg of Zoloft (sertraline) daily a very small amount for treating ocd? If after 1 month, no benefit can it still help? And if yes after how much time?

Is 100mg of Zoloft (sertraline) daily a very small amount for treating ocd? If after 1 month, no benefit can it still help? And if yes after how much time?

Don't know if you: Started at a lower dose of zoloft (sertraline) ; worked up to 100mg over a month, or if you have been on zoloft (sertraline) at 100mg for the last month. It can take up to 6 weeks to get the full response at that dosage. Some people may respond at 100mg and others will require a higher dose. Please ensure that you discuss this with your psychiatrist/ medical provider. I would not give up this early on. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of an ssnri over ssri's? Does it help you to feel happier? Cuz my Zoloft (sertraline) helps stabilize anxiety. But feeling happy is limited

What are the benefits of an ssnri over ssri's? Does it help you to feel happier? Cuz my Zoloft (sertraline) helps stabilize anxiety. But feeling happy is limited

Different action: There are 3 major brain chemicals associated with depression &anxiety &mood: serotonin, norepinephrine & dopamine. Ssri increase serotonin, snri, increase serotonin & norepinephrine. You may have fewer side-effects with an snri & may feel better overall. It is usually trial & error to find the best med to control all your symptoms with the least amount or most tolerable side-effects. ...Read more

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Difference between benefits and side effects of cymbalta (duloxetine) and zoloft?

SNRI vs SSRI: Cymbalta (duloxetine) increases serotonin and norepinephrine levels, zoloft increases serotonin levels only. Cymbala may help chronic pain as well as depression. Both are good antidepressants and have similar side effect profiles. Keep in mind there is no 1antidepressant that is effective for everyone. It may take several trials to find the right one for you or you may be lucky and respond to the 1st one. ...Read more

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Can ritalin affect the working speed of Zoloft (sertraline)? I mean will a person taking ritalin with Zoloft (sertraline) need more time to see benefit?

Can ritalin affect the working speed of Zoloft (sertraline)? I mean will a person taking ritalin with Zoloft (sertraline) need more time to see benefit?

See below: Depends on what the zoloft (sertraline) is treating - a stimulant like Ritalin can increase anxiety and this could interfere with the anxiety-reducing role of zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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I switched from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) after a week on zoloft. Can I still count that towards time till I feel benefits or do I have to start over?

I switched from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) after a week on zoloft. Can I still count that towards time till I feel benefits or do I have to start over?

YES: Basically it takes 4-6 weeks for the medication to reach a steady state peak but improvement may be before that. So yes start over with the lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a ssri like Zoloft (sertraline) shows benefit for social anxiety without helping OCD? Shouldn't everything related to serotonin improve?

Is it possible that a ssri like Zoloft (sertraline) shows benefit for social anxiety without helping OCD? Shouldn't everything related to serotonin improve?

Yes.: Yes, zoloft (sertraline) helps social anxiety as well as ocd. Ocd and social anxiety are under the general category of anxiety disorders. When you treat the ocd, the dosage is often higher. Standard of care has a higher dosages of ssris when treating obsessive compulsive disorders. ...Read more

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Is it true a glass of wine a day has health benefits or is that just an old wives tale? And how long should I wait after a glass to take my zoloft (sertraline)?

Is it true a glass of wine a day has health benefits or is that just an old wives tale? And how long should I wait after a glass to take my zoloft (sertraline)?

Resveratrol: Some studies show benefits of one glass of wine (especially red wine) a day, for women. This does not mean you should start drinking it if you have not been. There are good phytonutrients such as resveratrol in red grape skins, which are incorporated in red wine. Without exposing yourself to alcohol, you could get the same from grapes, etc, or a good resveratrol supplement. ...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?

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

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?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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