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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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How slowly should I reduce my dose of Zoloft (sertraline)? On 200mg for 11 years and Dr wants me to reduce to ideally 100. Advises reducing 50mg/mo. Too fast?

How slowly should I reduce my dose of Zoloft (sertraline)? On 200mg for 11 years and Dr wants me to reduce to ideally 100. Advises reducing 50mg/mo. Too fast?

SSRI Discontinuation: SSRI discontinuation syndrome can occur from too rapid a taper. Symptoms may consist of "brain zaps", flu-like symptoms and depression. Going slowly is the key and approach should be individual. A reasonable approach is to reduce the dose by 25 or 50 mg every 2-4 weeks. If symptoms occur, slow the taper by half, and a temporary increase in dose can produce rapid resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) reduce effect of tramadol?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) reduce effect of tramadol?

No but...: ...combining tramadol with an SSRI such as sertraline (Zoloft) increases the chances of a very negative reaction called the serotonin syndrome. Generally the two medications should not be used together. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) reduce adrenaline in the body?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) reduce adrenaline in the body?

No: Zoloft (sertraline) increases the availability of serotonin in the brain. That is how it works to treat depression and anxiety. If you are feeling tired from it that is a possible side effect but it is not because it decreases adrenaline. ...Read more

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I am about to wean off sertraline 75mg daily under Dr supervision, but I'm scared of discontinuation syndrome. Any advice on how to reduce this?

I am about to wean off sertraline 75mg daily under Dr supervision, but I'm scared of discontinuation syndrome. Any advice on how to reduce this?

Taper slowly: A slow taper is key. May patients tolerate a 50% reduction for 3-5 days, then another 50% reduction for 3-5 days, etc. If withdrawal symptoms occur, the dose can be increased to relieve those symptoms and then a slow taper can begin again. Your physician will help you do this safely. ...Read more

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Till 3 weeks back, I was on escitalopram (20mg). But I was changed to sertraline (100mgx2 times= 200 mg per day). Is it safe to start at this dosage, which I read is the maximum per day? Should I reduce the dosage?

No: We can not double guess your doctor and advice you to reduce the dose. You have been switched from Escitalopram 20 mgm which is also high dose and that may be your doctor switched you to Sertaline 100 mgm twice a day. Discuss your concern to your prescribing doctor or psychiastrist ...Read more

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I have been taking sertraline 100mg for a year. For depression. In the last 4month reduced it to 50mg. Is it ok to reduce it to 25mg to stop it.

I have been taking sertraline 100mg for a year. For depression. In the last 4month reduced it to 50mg. Is it ok to reduce it to 25mg to stop it.

Risks: Gradual reduction is the best approach to discontinue sertraline and avoid discontinuation syndrome. Generally 2 weeks will suffice

regarding depressive symptoms risk of recurrence increases with number of episodes.

Approach is to treat first episode for one year then consider discontinuation

. Second: similarly one year but more cautious about discontinuation

third: life long. ...Read more

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If Zoloft (sertraline) is helping reduce my pain, does this suggest my pain is caused by my anxiety/depression?

If Zoloft (sertraline) is helping reduce my pain, does this suggest my pain is caused by my anxiety/depression?

Not necessarily: Zoloft (sertraline) is an SSRI type of drug. This class of medications, though primarily used & indicated for treating depressive mood disorders & related psychiatric phenomenon, also has analgesic properties. PLEASE-Don't misinterpret what I say by thinking you can use Zoloft (sertraline) like aspirin or hydrocodone...YOU CAN'T but over the long haul these medications can alter pain reception & this is independent of mood ...Read more

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My doctor wants to reduce my dose of zoloft (sertraline) and put me on paroxetine 20 mg is that a better drug than zoloft (sertraline).

My doctor wants to reduce my dose of zoloft (sertraline) and put me on paroxetine 20 mg is that a better drug than zoloft (sertraline).

One is not better: Than the other per se. Each person reactes a little differently to medications. A trial of an antidpressant medication will help to determine which is more effective for you and which has a more satisfactory side effect profile. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 100 ativan 2mg im very anxious evry dy but no mor depressed what can I do is ther any combination exist to reduce anxiety??

I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 100 ativan 2mg im very anxious evry dy but no mor depressed what can I do is ther any combination exist to reduce anxiety??

Treatable: This is likely treatable. I assume you are seeing a mental health professional. Ask him/her if what you are describing as anxiety could be agitation. It is possible that you may need your medications tweaked or may need another medication added. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Sertraline to cause a receding hairline? If so, how can a medication that reduces stress levels cause more hair loss?

Is it possible for Sertraline to cause a receding hairline? If so, how can a medication that reduces stress levels cause more hair loss?

Baldness: baldness can cause stress and vice versa, typically stress induced hearing loss tends to be patchy. Any drug can theoretically promote hair loss. Talk to your prescribing physicians, possibly consult with a dermatologist for an inspection. Male pattern hair loss can be seen at your age ...Read more

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Propranolol (40 mg pd, no bradycardia up to 40mg.)didn't really reduced my agitation, any alternative medicine? (together with sertraline&bupropion).Tnx

Propranolol (40 mg pd, no bradycardia up to 40mg.)didn't really reduced my agitation, any alternative medicine? (together with sertraline&bupropion).Tnx

Some options: If you have not tried therapy/counseling yet, that would be my first recommendation. Looking at diet and reducing stimulants could help. Good sleep, exercise, yoga & meditation can help some people. Short term use of Lorazepam can help. Clonidine might help. You didn't mention dose of wellbutrin, (bupropion) but it can be "activating" and cause akathisia in some. Review doses and symptoms with doc. ...Read more

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Advice about sertraline?

Yes: Yes, take it as prescribed by your doctor for what your doctor prescribed it for. Don't drink alcohol with your medications. ...Read more

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How does Zoloft (sertraline) work?

Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, hence produces elevation in serotonin levels which produce reduction in symptoms of depression & anxiety. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) have a ne?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) have a ne?

Negative Effects- ye: Is ne like se? (i.e., negative effect). Common zoloft side effects include: nausea, v appetite, loose bowel movements, sexual dysfunction, insomnia or feeling more sleepy, ^ sweating, tremor, feeling anxious (initially). Check this site for a more comprehensive list: http://depression.About. Com/od/sertraline/a/zoloft-side-effects. Htm. ...Read more

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Anyone feel no effect on sertraline?

Anyone feel no effect on sertraline?

Ask self this!: What dose are you on? How long have you been taking it? Are you doing anything that could possibly detract from its effect, like drinking alcohol? What are you taking it for? One needs to be on at least75 to 150 mg for usually 4 to 6 weeks or more before deciding it is not helping. Taking it for ocd will take longer to see an effect than for depression. And maybe it's just not the drug for you. ...Read more

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Does sertraline stay in your system?

Does sertraline stay in your system?

About a week: Sertraline half life is about one day, meaning the amount of drug in your systems drops by 1/2 each day. So there is 50% left after day 1, 25% after day 2, 12.5% after day 3, etc. So after about a week the drug is generally out of your system. Discontinuation symptoms, like feeling "brain zaps", can last 1 - 2 weeks after stopping the medication. ...Read more

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Can Sertraline make you gain weight?

Yes, for some...: A potential side effect of sertraline, as well as other selective serotonin reputable inhibitors (SSRIs), is weight gain. If this is a concern with a current medication be sure to discuss with your provider. Be well. ...Read more

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What r side fx of zoloft (sertraline)?

What r side fx of zoloft (sertraline)?

SSRIs: Zoloft or sertraline commonly results in nausea, dry mouth, upset stomach, constipation within the first several weeks, but these should go away. Other side effects (less common) include sexual side effects (decreased interest, inability to have an orgasm), increased thoughts of suicide in those 25 and younger, blurred vision, abnormal bleeding among others. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) make you ichy?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) make you ichy?

Zoloft (sertraline) and itchy: We can be allergic to any chemicals that we take, from skin product to pills. Itchy is the main allergic reaction to anything. But itchy is not know of as a "side effect" from zoloft (sertraline).
Any redness on the skin where it itch? How long does it last of been happening? Does it get worse? Had you taken zoloft (sertraline) before then take it again? You can also react to the chemical that makes the pill, not zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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Can sertraline make you gain weight?

SSRI and weight gain: The category of antidepressants SSRI and as well SNRI typically can but do not always cause weight gain - in addition, diminished sex drive, inability to ejaculate/climax, and flatness of feelings (numbness). Other associated medications can be implicated, eating disorders, hypothyroidism, sleep disorders, and hormonal imbalance can contribute. Bupropion, lamotrogine, nefazadone, MAOI's better. ...Read more

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Can I die if I take 500g of sertraline?

Possibly: It would depend on what it is compined with and on your particular metabolism. But there are also possible reactions and damage short of death, and nothing positive to be gained. ...Read more

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Can you cut Zoloft (sertraline) in half?

Can you cut Zoloft (sertraline) in half?

Yes: But depends on what dose you want to take, also as long as you are aware that cutting the dose may put you at risk of relapsing to depression. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) affect eyesight?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) affect eyesight?

Yes but. ...: More often than not the eye problems are due to something else. Best have the eye doctor have a look. (refraction, tonometry and a good look at the back of the eye) If then it is thought that the medication may be contributing, the prescribing physician should be made aware and allowed to participate in any proposed change in medication. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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