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How To Get Off Zoloft Safely
I would like to get off zoloft (sertraline). I am down to 25mg but do not want to go to 12.5mg immediately. How to titrate down slower? Say 5mg per titration?
You can: You can titrate down Zoloft (sertraline) as tolerated. If you are sensitive then do it in gradual dose reduction each week. It could be by mg or 12.5 mg reduction. However, I hope that you are doing this in consultation with your doctor because the symptoms that Zoloft (sertraline) was taking care of can recur after a few weeks to few months. Be on the lookout for that. ...Read more
Just started Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg last night. I don't have any side effects so far. When will I get bad side effects. Does it happen immediate or weeks?
Iv been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for 2 months, my anxiety is under control, but IV noticed that I don't get as excited anymore about happy stuff. Is this normal?
Yes: Antidepressants like zoloft (sertraline) do have side effects. Some patients feel that their mood sort of flattens out and they do not get overly excited or angry in appropriate situations. Usually as the depression lifts with appropriate dose, then the mood improves and energy & motivation is restored. Continue taking your medicine and discuss this issue with your physician on next appointment. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline) has helped my anxiety but now I feel in between emotions. I don't get overly excited like I use to and I don't get down as much. Is this normal?
Paradox with Zoloft (sertraline): It is possible to have a paradoxical reaction to an antidepressant such as zoloft (sertraline). These reactions: increasing anxiety or feeling no emotions means it is time to try a new medication. This is not dangerous but it is common and needs to be addressed by the professional who you have been working wth. ...Read more
Male or woman: Depends. Its half life is long. Average is considered about 24 hours just to get half of it out of your body. It may be 1.5 times longer in women. And, remember, the next 24 hours just gets half of the remaining half out of you. ...Read more
Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause someone to get angry or in a fit of rage often? I've read that it can and its somewhat common, is that true?
It is reported: Any of the drugs known as ssri's can and have been reported to cause mood swings such as drowsiness ; lethargy to anger and rage or even suicide. Their effectiveness according to long term population studies has been brought into question as of late and some suggest that as a class of drug it is being overprescribed to the general population. ...Read more
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
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
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
Side effects are common early on & most often diminish over time (a week or 2). If they are serious, fail to diminish, or are intolerable, then contact your prescriber immediately for instructions & consideration of alternative medication.
See comment below. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Best to consult the prescribing doctor who knows the case & can give best advise. ...Read more
PDR: PDR= Physicians Desk Reference has photos of the chemical structure. It is very reliable and updates yearly. ...Read more
Can I take 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) twice daily? When I take 50mg at once I get horrible side effects
Been taken Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg for 4+ months but get mad and start crying once in a while. Do I need an increase in dose?
Zoloft (sertraline) and emotions: It depends on if your symptoms are generally "improved" from before going on the Zoloft (sertraline). You can still have "bad" days. But hopefully you are more level on the Zoloft (sertraline) overall. The dose can be adjusted if no improvement or another med used! ...Read more
My pdoc increased my Zoloft (sertraline) from 50mg daily to 100. Will I get side effects and how long to feel the effects of it working?
Zoloft (sertraline): Not everyone gets side effects with zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) even when the dose it raised. You are still well within a normal dose range. Many people need 150mg zoloft (sertraline) daily. Generally zoloft (sertraline) requires at least 4-6 weeks for effectiveness, although you may experience this sooner. ...Read more
I have been on Zoloft (sertraline) 12.5mg for 3 weeks with the most horrible side effects. I no longer want to take this medicine. How do I get off of it?
Talk w/doctor: First, I suggest talking with your doctor about your decision. The zoloft (sertraline) must have been prescribed because of some symptoms you were having, and these may still need treatment even if zoloft (sertraline) is not the best option for you. You also haven't mentioned what "horrible side effects" you're experiencing -- but I'm sure your doctor would want to know so that something more helpful can be given. ...Read more
Will I get the same calming effect from Zoloft (sertraline) as I do from Valium but it will take a few weeks to work? GP doesn't want me on Valium long term.
Can't predict: Sertraline is a 1st-generation SSRI like Prozac (fluoxetine). Diazepam is a benzodiazepine - chemically very different. BZDs cause psychological not physical dependence meaning that abruptly stopping (not recommended) won't kill you, you'll only wish you were dead. Temporarily, of course. Only way to know is to try it. Your brain doesn't run Windows 8.1; no predicting. ...Read more
My 13 yo son has been on 50 mg of zoloft (sertraline) for 3 months. Having rashes from the sun & other issues. Can we just stop? Can't get a hold of his dr.
Reduce the dose: It is best to reduce the dose by a half until you can reach your son's doctor. ...Read more
I'm rxd zoloft (sertraline). I have headaches 6-7 days/week. When I take it as rxd, I get very severe headaches. Isn't there similar meds that won't do this? Ouch.
Meds for life: It depends if depression is recurring and affecting the life you may have to stay on meds longer with combination of therapy and meds it can be reduced and less doses needed. Goal is you build up skills to deal with the stress your response is not affecting your life too much and can handle it a healthy positive way. ...Read more
Can see if I could get off of Zoloft, (sertraline) have me get a prescription of Abiify instead huh? Just wondering!
Depression: Lindsey, Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used at low doses to usually supplement the SSRI's like Zoloft. So we usually add it to Zoloft to help with depression that is still not better with Zoloft. I recommend that you do in and discuss with your doctor your concerns about Zoloft, such as side effects, not working, etc. And see what you both would like to do. ...Read more
About to increase my Zoloft (sertraline) dose from 50mg to 75mg. Will the sexual side effects get worse or stay the same usually?
Not much difference: Sexual side effects on SSRIs are generally dose related, but going from 50-75mg of Zoloft (sertraline) is not big enough to make much difference. If depression/anxiety improve sexual function might improve esp interest. Young men often find it helps sexual function as it prevents premature ejaculation. When I have a young man be very sensitive to sexual side effects of SSRIs, I suspect bipolar disorder. ...Read more
I take Zoloft (sertraline) and Fluanxol from a week. 100 mg Zoloft (sertraline) and 1 mg Fluanxol and I get convulsions. Is this sth to worry about?
Contact doctor ASAP: Zoloft, (sertraline) an antidepressant, and Fluanxol, an antipsychotic, can both potentially lower the seizure threshold in susceptible patients. It appears you are also on Tobramycin, an antibiotic. Altogether, the combination may make you more prone to untoward side effects. Recommend you notify your doctor at once. All the best. ...Read more
I just started taking a generic Zoloft (sertraline) today and my chest hurts and im afraid if I get up ill fall over. Is this normal for the first dosage?
I take 100mcg of synthyroid in the morning when I get up. I accidentally took another before bed thinking it was my zoloft (sertraline). Should I be worried?
Tapering off Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg. How long may it take Dr. To get it comp. Out of system? Do you think I'll suffer from wd at this dose? Hard withdrawal?
This is a small dose: You may not have any withdrawal at all and it should be out of your system in about a week ...Read more
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