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Is Zoloft A Benzodiazepine
Hi yes I take Zoloft (sertraline) and I was wondering if it would show up as benzodiazepines in a hair follicle test the way it would in a urinalysis?
Yes it will: If you are taking sertraline (Zolof) about one third of time will give false positive for benzodiazepines You should be truthful for job drug screening, if Rx ed medication, your condition will not hinder the job performance a note from your doctor is enough, and be truthful in your application. ...Read more
Hello Dr. Dhir I have a friend who is getting a new job and is worried because she takes the medication Zoloft and we have readt that it can show up in a urinalysis as a benzodiazepines but she has her prescription for the zoloft so she can show the nurse
Zoloft (sertraline) and related: Medications are used by millions of people today. I don't agree that they are so widely used and prefer cognitive behavioral therapy but that's another matter. Your friend will likely have no problem because of how many folks are on Zoloft (sertraline). Peace and good health. ...Read more
What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?
Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psychosis & paranoia. Paxil can be used long -term but most of my patients have experienced more side effects with it then from Lexapro & zoloft. I see you are on Lexapro -it has an excellent side effect profile. Buspar (buspirone) is very safe for long-term use. ...Read more
Possible: It is possible and there is some data to support: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2728940/#__ffn_sectitle This could be a class effect with that class of drugs. Always talk to your doctor for anything medical. ...Read more
Caution.: Sam-e is a naturally occuring precursor to serotonin, and taking it can lead to increased levels of serotonin. It is proving to be an effective treatment for depression, though the doses when taken alone are probably in the range of 1600 mg daily. When taken with a med like zoloft, (sertraline) one runs the risk of developing serotonin syndrome (flushing, diarrhea, palpitations, agitation). I advise caution. ...Read more
How long can one be on benzodiazepines hypothetically when starting on a low dose (e.G Xanax (alprazolam) 0.25 mg) until tolerance induction?
Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. It is is FDA approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more
No: Clozapine is considered a 2nd generation antipsychotic medication, typically used in schizophrenia, that antagonizes quite a few neurotransmitter receptors, eg Dopamine d1 & d4 plus serotonin 5ht2 & cholinergic muscarinic ones, too. It's a very effective drug when used under close observation but can only be prescribed under restricted distribution due high risk for agranulocytosis, etc. ...Read more
Don't know what you: Mean by "toxic, " because actually, benzodiazepines have very little "toxicity" as we define it. Many drugs can cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, liver damage, heart damage, fluid retention, reduce the immune system, cause severe rashes - benzodiazepines have essentially none of these (allergy is always possible). They cause physical dependency and can cause addiction, and memory problems ...Read more
Benzodiazepine treat: It is well established that addictions are associated with other conditions such as mood and anxiety disorder. In an well done study in arch gen psychiatry. 2008;65 (1):47-52 they found in comparison with major depression, bipolar ii disorder was associated with the development of alcohol and benzodiazepine use and disorders. If you treat correctly the mood disorder you improve treating addict. ...Read more
OD is over dose: If any medication, is taken as instructed by the physician is safe and not called as od. Substance abusers, get addicted and take several times the therapeutic dose reaching lethal levels of medication then called od, if it happens yes call 911 and stay till ambulance arrives and may need CPR ...Read more
Yes and No: For a short term managment of insomnia it helps. But for a chronic insomnia it is not as great helpful but cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and sleep hygine and its combination is found to be helpful the most. Intermittently it may be used but for a long term managment. It is a non-pharmacological managment found to be most helpful. See sleep medicine, neurologist, or behavior hea. ...Read more
Possibly: Zoloft (sertraline) can be used to treat ocd. 50-200 mgs daily is the recommended dosing. Some may require more. Can take up to 12 weeks to see the full effect. Always discuss dosing with the prescribing phsyician and remember cbt for OCD is extremely helpful alone or in combination with medications such as zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more
Yes: Zantac is an H2-blocker that reduces stomach acid and has a medium anticholinergic side effect. Zoloft is an SSRI for anxiety/depression and has low anticholinergic activity. Combinations of medications with anticholinergic properties may cumulatively increase the risk for adverse peripheral anticholinergic effects such as constipation, urinary retention, dry mouth and dry eyes. ...Read more
Lower the dose: Meds like zoloft (sertraline) can sometimes cause withdrawal effects including dizziness, electrical sensations in your head, nausea, mild muscle aches, feeling flushed, anxious, etc. Zoloft (sertraline) does this infrequently. These withdrawal effects are not dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable. If you are having problems stopping from 50 mg talk to your doc about cutting to a lower dose for a week or 2 and then stop. ...Read more