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Long Term Effects Of Taking Zoloft
What is the max amt of time one should take Zoloft and buspar (buspirone)?What are the long term effects of taking these.
What are the short term and long term effects of consuming alcohol while on 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline)? Is 4 to 5 drinks only once in awhile okay?
I've been taking Adderall for 10 years (30 mg 2xday). What are the long-term effects of central nervous system stimulants?#nqlu i'm 57 & in addition to adderall, take Zoloft (50 mg), Armour Thyroid (90 mg), bystolic (10 mg), and tamoxifen (20 mg).
Usually not many: Some doctors recommend having "holidays" from stimulants, for times when not having the best concentration and focus might not matter as much - like weekends, vacations etc. There is little or no evidence that long-term medicinal stimulants taken as prescribed cause any significant damage to the cns, although sleep disturbance/anxiety and hopelessness (depression) may be related. Talk to your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the long term effects on the body of Zoloft & Xanax (alprazolam) use for my anxiety & panic disorder?
Where can I find the long term effects of sertraline drug esp in patients that have been taking it since teens (long meaning >7yr)?
Nat Library of Med: Doing a literature search in the national library of medicine shows the adverse events reported with sertraline were most likely to occur early in the course of treatment and there was no evidence of any increase in events in the elderly or with longer-term treatment. Sertraline was not associated with excess of death from any cause, suicides, suicide attempts or serious life-threatening events. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Two common longer term side effects are: 1) sexual [difficulty having an orgasm, reduced sex drive, difficulty having an erection] and 2) weight gain [although weight gain on zoloft (sertraline) is less than another similar antidepressant like paroxetine]. All this being said, there are approaches to minimize side effects that you should speak with your doctor about. Hope this answer helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm currently taking 300 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and my dr. may move up to 400. Are there long term side effects for these doses?
Psychiatrist: This dose is a high dose and you should be under the supervision of a psychiatrist who has experience with this medication and who will follow you closely and monitor its effects and will be able to detect any adverse effects or intolerance on your part. Definite symptoms and syndromes are at times noted with this medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does increased ambient heat affect side effects of long term psychotropic drugs like zoloft (sertraline)?
Doesn't matter: Long term use of medications shouldn't be affected by ambient temperature unless you're referring to its storage in which case usually cool dark cabinet should be fine. Ambient temperature is more a matter of comfort. What's warm for you might be cool for someone else. But temperature shouldn't affect effectiveness nor side effect profile of medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the consequences in the short & long term..... If i used "zoloft 50mg" for 1 month for my anxiety and then i decided to give up ?
Zoloft (sertraline) consequences: There are no direct consequences from having taken zoloft (sertraline) for one month. However, what concerns me is that i believe that would be a mistake to not try either a different medication or getting into psychotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, neural feedback, or any of the other modalities that are capable of treating anxiety. Chronic anxiety is a miserable experience. Take it from one who's been there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it ok to be on Zoloft (sertraline) long term? Been on for 11 months, its helped me. ButHow likely is it to get a permanant sexual disorder after discontinuing?
Talk to doc first.: There is not enough evidence to say whether it will help with anxiety. Ginseng interacts with lots of other medications. And may cause acute seritonin syndrome, a bad thing. So talk to your doc first! See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/serotonin-syndrome/symptoms-causes/dxc-20305673 ...Read more
Combo or high dose: Serotonin syndrome is too much serotonin in the brain. If you have tolerated zoloft (sertraline) for a long time, than your chances of developing the syndrome are low, unless your dose was increased or another med added. Other psychotropics, pain meds (e.g. Ultram), migraine meds (triptans), HIV meds, stimulants & hallucinogens w/ zoloft (sertraline) can raise the risk. Inform your doctor of all the meds you're taking. ...Read more
Is it ok to be on Zoloft (sertraline) long term? Ive been on Zoloft (sertraline) for almost a year now. It's helped alot w/ my severe panic attacks so I dont wanna get off it.?
Should I take my Zoloft (sertraline) 75 mg long term or should I consult my doctor to find something else to take for maintenance ?
Zoloft (sertraline) isn't a short: term fix. It is an SSRI, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. For it to be effective, you need to establish & maintain a steady-state in your blood/body. You may not have given it enough of a chance to work yet. Don't stop "cold turkey," ie suddenly. Will be uncomfortable. At that dose, you'll definitely want a supervised gentle taper. Discuss with your prescriber. ...Read more
Agoraphobic. Tried zoloft (sertraline). Mind raced & couldn't sleep. 0.5mg klonopin/day works wonderfully. Don't need it everyday. Adequate long term solution?
Depends: on how often you take it. 0.5 mg is a very low dose but tolerance is a major problem with benzodiazepines especially if take frequently. If sertraline is the only other Ned you have tried there are many other options which may help with depression and insomnia as well. I would be happy to see you on my concierge practice through email, or live audio or visual consultation if you wish ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks of taking wellbutrin (bupropion) and Zoloft long term? Being used to treat ADHD and OCD respectively
Not clear: There is conflicting data regarding use of antidepressants later in life and all cause mortality although there is the notion that the medications are relatively benign. There is always going to be a risk benefit analysis that is necessary in addition to the number needed to treat or a number needed to harm with any medication reflecting the capacity to do both good and bad things to patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are Ssris bad for the Brain and the body when used in long term ? I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety but I'm very nervous that it might damage or change me when used for a few years or longer ?!
Usually a great med: 100,000s if not millions of people have used this type of medication for such a time period. There are many studies which show it is safe. Of course there are possible side effects and occasional drug interactions that your doctor would recognize if you discussed any concerns with him or her. Sometimes psychotherapy is needed in addition or instead of meds Discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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