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Can y'all tell me an anti depressant that had no cardiac effects. I read Zoloft (sertraline) and most of the ssris have the poss. To cause qt prolongation. Are their any that help anxiety that cause no heart problems?

Can y'all tell me an anti depressant that had no cardiac effects. I read Zoloft (sertraline) and most of the ssris have the poss. To cause qt prolongation. Are their any that help anxiety that cause no heart problems?

Most new ones r safe: I've been practicing psychiatry since christ was a corporal & will give u some historical perspective--the early tricyclicss did have cardiac effects & we prescribed them to millions of pts with few problems the new ones r much safer even with overdoses so don't worry about taking what your doc prescribes. ...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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Do any medications negatively interact w/ sertraline (antidepressant)?

Do any medications negatively interact w/ sertraline (antidepressant)?

Skim the article: Article:
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common drug interactions include cimetidine, pimozide, and warfarin. ...Read more

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My dad (73) takes Zoloft (sertraline) and clonaepam. Should he be taking Donezepil? His memory started failing way after he started the antidepressant pill.

My dad (73) takes Zoloft (sertraline) and clonaepam. Should he be taking Donezepil? His memory started failing way after he started the antidepressant pill.

Question and Trust: You have every right to ask the providers to explain choices, but if you can't trust their expertise — find another provider. Anymore off-label uses abound — but if your Dad's condition is not Alzheimer's, donezepil is not the 1st choice. Other dementias and reason for memory loss exist. Have you seen Lumosity.com? It might be good for him — or anyone. It's valid and fun and has a free membership ...Read more

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What is the best natural alternative anti depressant for sertraline in first trimester of pregnancy?

What is the best natural alternative anti depressant for sertraline in first trimester of pregnancy?

Would recommend: Avoiding herbals/ supplements during pregnancy. Non — med options: Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic exercise is a big +. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book' by Dr. David Burns. Would not stop or start new medications w/o medical input. Take care. ...Read more

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Will it help prevent any nausea if I eat before taking an antidepressant like zoloft (sertraline)?

Will it help prevent any nausea if I eat before taking an antidepressant like zoloft (sertraline)?

It might: Gi side effects of medication are often less if the medications are taken with or after food. Often, side effects like nausea are very transient and, after a week or two, may no longer bother you, once you get accustomed to the medication. If you continue to have severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite, speak to your doctor about a change of medication. ...Read more

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Counteracting effects of the antidepressant sertraline, its making me very unwell, I'm tapering off but I need a way of stopping the harm/suicide urges?

Counteracting effects of the antidepressant sertraline, its making me very unwell, I'm tapering off but I need a way of stopping the harm/suicide urges?

ER: Sounds like you're going through a really tough time. If you're feeling like you might want to hurt yourself — your best option is to head to the nearest ER to seek some help from a qualified psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I had gastritis after taking antidepressant such as zoloft (sertraline). Does antidepressant or h.pylori cause my gastritis?

I had gastritis after taking antidepressant such as zoloft (sertraline).  Does antidepressant or h.pylori cause my gastritis?

Gastritis: Thank you for informing about Gastritis, nausea, taking Doliprane(Paracetamol), Antidepressant medicine Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to H. Pylori, use of Aspirin, Paracetamol, NSAID, Stress, excessive Alcohol use, Pernicious anemia, Bile reflux, or Infections caused by bacteria and viruses.
See Gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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2 months ago, I stopped taking sertraline after 3 years taking this antidepressant, but I'm still having sexual dysfunctions like low libido? Why?

2 months ago, I stopped taking sertraline after 3 years taking this antidepressant, but I'm still having sexual dysfunctions like low libido? Why?

Look into other: Possibilities. If you are on wellbutrin (bupropion) now, there could be several possibilities. One is that it is coming from the wellbutrin (bupropion) since wellbutrin (bupropion) can cause sexual dysfunction. Another possibility is that it is still left over from the zoloft, in which case you simply must give it more time. I would also have your free and total testosterone levels checked by your family practitioner. If that doesn't work there are certainly plenty of medications that can be used. The options are actually numerous. If it all turns out to be psychological then I would recommend that you see a sex therapist. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. ...Read more

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Can an antidepressant like Zoloft (sertraline) cause some memory loss? I've been taking it over a mo. (25mg) and notice I'm forgetful. Can it become permanent?

Can an antidepressant like Zoloft (sertraline) cause some memory loss?
I've been taking it over a mo. (25mg) and notice I'm forgetful.
Can it become permanent?

Memory loss rare but: Possible with zoloft, (sertraline) steroids, metrogel. More common in conditions treated by zoloft: anxiety, depression, menopause. Timing of occurrence relevant to medications and conditions may suggest which is not all are contributing. Improve memory: stay mentally active, socialize regularly, get organized, sleep well, eat healthy, get physical. Consult prescriber if problematic. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Can I take the fitness supplement L Glutamine as part of my gym diet without any contradiction to my 150mg dose of the antidepressant sertraline??

Can I take the fitness supplement L Glutamine as part of my gym diet without any contradiction to my 150mg dose of the antidepressant sertraline??

Yes: Glutamine is an amino acid, a building block of protein. Because of this, some believe it helps repair and build muscle, but there is little evidence it actually improves athletic performance. Glutamine interacts with some cancer chemotherapy and seizure medications but sertraline seems to be ok. I don't know that it would be of benefit for you to take, but I doubt it is harmful. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I have GAD. My doctor prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) which I know is an antidepressant. I don't have depression. Is Zoloft (sertraline) good for GAD?

I have GAD. My doctor prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) which I know is an antidepressant. I don't have depression. Is Zoloft (sertraline) good for GAD?

Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety: Has been shown to be effective in teens, adults and older kids. It is used for both social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. It may take a couple of weeks before the full effect is experienced. 12.5 mg is a common starting dose. You'll want to follow up with the prescribing physician after a couple of weeks to discuss your response and to maybe adjust the dose. ...Read more

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I have history of depression and alcohol over use, My primar MD gave mi antidepressant Sertraline, 50 mg, told me I can have a few drinks per week.

I have history of depression and alcohol over use, My primar MD gave mi antidepressant Sertraline, 50 mg, told me I can have a few drinks per week.

Sertraline: It is not wise to use alcohol with sertraline. Sertraline slows the metabolism of alcohol, so that you may have sustained alcohol levels and might be at risk for a DUI if driving. I generally tell my patients on sertraline to avoid alcohol altogether. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed an anti-depressant drug for my anxiety, so what are the changes and effects that I wait to happen to me because of taking this drug?

If you would please: Let us know which antidepressant you were prescribed — than we can provide a better response. Please clarify and re-ask question. ...Read more

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Is anti-depressant medication linked to weight gain?

It depends . . .: It depends upon the anti-depressant and your weight change from depression. Some people gain weight when depressed while others lose weight when depressed. Traditional anti-depressants typically help you return your mood & thus weight back to baseline. A little might have more of an appetite stimulating effect than others. Atypical antipsychotics used as anti-depressants are associated w/weight gain. ...Read more

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Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) a good anti depressant, is it likely I am to gain, what can I expect please. Thank you?

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) has a low: Incidence of weight gain. It is a very reasonable antidepressant given your circumstances. Take care.
Dr. Jacobson. ...Read more

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Will the anti depressant venlafaxine make me gain weight or have trouble losing weight?

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Will the anti depressant venlafaxine make me gain weight or have trouble losing weight?

Effexor (venlafaxine): I have seen both, depending on your body chemistry & the dose. ...Read more

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Should I wait between stopping my anti-depressant and taking the herb l-5-hydroxy tryptophan?

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Should I wait between stopping my anti-depressant and taking the herb l-5-hydroxy tryptophan?

Tryptophan: This is advisable especially if the antidepressant raises your serotonin levels, but do talk to your prescribing doc. ...Read more

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Weight gain after anti-depressant and having hard time losing weight one year after stopping medication.?

Weight gain after anti-depressant and having hard time losing weight one year after stopping medication.?

Losing weight: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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Is it possible to now have an adverse reaction to an anti depressant that was successful twice in the past?

Is it possible to now have an adverse reaction to an anti depressant that was successful twice in the past?

Antidepressant: A medication that helped earlier in life may lose its effectiveness even if it does not cause adverse symptoms. Please see your doc who may want to change you to something more helpful. Please consider behavioral approaches also such as exercise and healthy nutrition, nature, and overall lifestyle changes. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a very late period due to withdrawal from an anti-depressant? I am now 8 days late.

Is it possible to have a very late period due to withdrawal from an anti-depressant? I am now 8 days late.

Withdrawal: Depends on the antidepressant used & for how long. Recommend consulting your ob/gyn to be sure no other issues need to be looked into. ...Read more

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My wife is suffering from depression and using anti depressant but now I am monitoring side effects in her, can I stop her for using medicine.

No: What is reason for stopping antidepressant in wife who is suffering from depression? Religious? Pregnancy? Bad side effects? Suspect manic episode? Please clarify, or even better, have wife contact me. Dr catherine shaw. Or have her contact her physician. ...Read more

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Anti-depressant worked for 60days. Doc increased dosage from 20mg to 40mg. 1month later, I'm crying and having suicidal thoughts again. What happens now?

Anti-depressant worked for 60days. Doc increased dosage from 20mg to 40mg. 1month later, I'm crying and having suicidal thoughts again. What happens now?

Call your MD: You need help. At a time like this it may be hard to think about exercising but the greatest improvement in mood is seen in those who start some vigorous daily exercise. It has been shown to effective in the vast majority (>85%) of those suffering from symptoms of depression. This doesn't eliminate the need for you to speak immediately with your doctor to deal with your symptoms. Call. Now. ...Read more

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What causes the weight gain associated with anti-depressant drugs: slowed metabolism, increased appetite, increased insulin resistance, other?

What causes the weight gain associated with anti-depressant drugs: slowed metabolism, increased appetite, increased insulin resistance, other?

All of the above: It is possible the underlying condition resulting in the use of medication could be a problem. If 25-oh vit d 3 levels are normal, free T4 levels are normal, and cortisol is not high in the evening, eating 6 small equal meals, managing stress skillfully, and moving though the day with something as simple as pretend to jump roping for 60 minutes spread out in 1-2 minute intervals should help. ...Read more

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Fell into depression over a girl. Now I am on an anti depressant and still don't have my sex drive. Ever since I went into depression I lost it. Help!

Fell into depression over a girl. Now I am on an anti depressant and still don't have my sex drive. Ever since I went into depression I lost it. Help!

Antidepressant & Sex: The good news is you are getting treatment for your depression. The bad news is the antidepressant drug you are taking may be lowering your sexual arousal. You need to discuss your antidepressant meds with your doctor. This is a common side effect, and you may do better on a different drug. If your depression is better, you could taper off the drug. This effect is not permanent. Good luck! ...Read more

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What anti depressant should I go for anxiety issues?

What anti depressant should I go for anxiety issues?

What did your doctor: Recommend? Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are an excellent choice. Which one is tried can be a tailor made decision for you. ...Read more

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Past anti-depressant use causing me anxiety issues. What should I do for this?

Past anti-depressant use causing me anxiety issues. What should I do for this?

Not clear: Some antidepressants r more activating and can trigger anxiety/mania, others have more of an anxiolytic effect. Same antidepressant at different doses can act differently. If a doc is treating u n u r exeriencing negative effects talk to ur doc. Alternative 2 meds: cognitive behavioral therapy is effective. http://cpancf.com/anxietydisordersbasics.asp there is help. ...Read more

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Does wellburtin anti depressant cause sperm issues?

Does wellburtin anti depressant cause sperm issues?

Sperm: Wellbutrin (bupropion) has the fewest sexual dysfunction side effects of antidepressants. Wellbutrin (bupropion) has been associated w impotence, abnormal ejaculation, painful erection, ; painful ejaculation. No reports were noted of impact on sperm. ...Read more