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Are Zoloft (sertraline) and luvox the same?

Are Zoloft (sertraline) and luvox the same?

Not exactly: They are both ssri medications for depression. However, they have different chemical make ups and groups that respond to the medication. ...Read more

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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Can luvox and Zoloft (sertraline) be taken simultaneously?

Can luvox and Zoloft (sertraline) be taken simultaneously?

Agree w Dr Ali: Luvox may ^ the blood levels of Zoloft (sertraline). Both medications are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's). Don't seen any benefit from mixing these two medications. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) better or safer or more effective than luvox?

FDA indications: Luvox (Fluvoxamine) is approved by the FDA for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. However, it has been used off-label by some to treat major depressive disorder, PTSD, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is an SSRI which is FDA approved for treatment of major depressive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic disorder ...Read more

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How much is the probability that Zoloft (sertraline) help me if luvox didn't? Generally, how many ssris in average does every patient try to find the effective one?

How much is the probability that Zoloft (sertraline) help me if luvox didn't? Generally, how many ssris in average does every patient try to find the effective one?

MTHFR genotyping: If you have had failures, a good start is genomind testing which let's you see if you metabolize drugs that go through the cyp2c19 ; cyp2d6 pathways too fast, too slow, or just right. Also if you are + for an abnormal mthfr genotype, treatment with l-methylfolate, p5p, ; methyl cobalamin can help your antidepressant work better because you will be making your own serotonin, dopamine, ; nor-epi! ...Read more

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Can zoloft (sertraline) or luvox increase prolactin levels?

Can zoloft (sertraline) or luvox increase prolactin levels?

Prolactin levels: In the serum are mediated by a whole host of factors. Inhibition of the Dopamine D2 receptor due to pharmacologic use of typical and atypical antipsychotics causes the majority of cases, although SSRI, MAOI and tricyclic antidepressants can also play a causative role.
Hypothalamic nuclei and the anterior pituitary (and its infundibular portal system are the major location for cyclical release ...Read more

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If Zoloft (sertraline) wasn't effective enough for my OCD on 200mg, nor luvox 200 mg ; what can I try? Would another ssri work?

I don't think so: All the ssris quite similar mechanisms of action so it is doubtful that another one would help. Unfortunately there are no truly effective meds for ocd although sometimes adding a low dose antipsychotic med might help. Specialized psychotherapy is the best way to go [ask if your psychotherapist thinks that he or she can help]. ...Read more

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How is Luvox different from Zoloft or lexapro (escitalopram)?

Luvox, Zoloft, (sertraline) and: Lexapro (escitalopram) are all SSRIs. They're all 1st line agents in tx of anxiety and depression. They all work via the same mechanism -- inhibiting re-uptake of serotonin, thus increasing serotonin concentrations. The differences between the meds have to do with subtle differences in half life, serotonin receptors targeted, and slight differences in side effect profiles. Talk with ur doc abt the right med 4u! ...Read more

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Can vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and luvox have interactions and if so what are they? Also is there an interaction between vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and zoloft?

Can vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and luvox have interactions and if so what are they? Also is there an interaction between vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and zoloft?

Yes. But: Luvox and Zoloft (SSRI meds) can interact with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) to boost the effects of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) possibly giving you more side effects such as jitteriness, tremor. But the combination is fairly common, effective and safe with careful medical supervision. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is luvox great for OCD? Are the side effects worse than zoloft (sertraline)? I'm on zoloft (sertraline) now but ocd hasn't improved while anxiety has. Will luvox be better?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): If you can tolerate Luvox, (fluvoxamine) it might be better option for OCD. Review with your doctor. Also, for the OCD, talk to a Therapist about Cognitive Behavior Therapy to boost response to medications. ...Read more

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I have panic disorder (since 2003) and treated whit luvox 250mg and 1mg klonopin. But since a couple of months it seems not to work anymore, zoloft (sertraline)?

Panic Disorder: A change in meds may help you but also consider that panic attacks are usually successfully treated in psychotherapy. Understanding the origin of your anxiety and discovering how to unlearn distorted ways of thinking is very important. Consider using the anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz. Org web site for daily support and ongoing education. My best. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline) vs Luvox which is better for OCD? Zoloft (sertraline) worked for 7 years. Switched because of Depression. Can I go back on Zoloft (sertraline) or luvox?

Zoloft (sertraline) vs Luvox which is better for OCD? Zoloft (sertraline) worked for 7 years. Switched because of Depression. Can I go back on Zoloft (sertraline) or luvox?

Individual: Luvox (fluvoxamine) was evaluated for treating OCD, but any of the SSRI medications, as well as some tricyclic medications help with OCD. Best to combine medication with treatment to get best results. Some Mindfulness approaches have been helpful. See your physician for assistance. ...Read more

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Which is a better starting point for ocd-anxiety -depression luvox or Zoloft (sertraline) my dr is willing to try either.

Either medication: Is fine. Luvox has one FDA indication - Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD). Zoloft (sertraline) has a number of indications including OCD. If you are paying for the medication yourself - the zoloft (sertraline) is likely to be less expensive. Take care. ...Read more

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My son can't swallow a Zoloft (sertraline) be crushed?

My son can't swallow a Zoloft (sertraline) be crushed?

Tablet yes cap no: There are two forms of Zoloft (sertraline). The capsule form cannot be crushed but the tablet form can. Your pharmacist may be able to make a liquid form for your son if the capsule is your only option.

Be sure to follow the directions of his doctor for dosing adjustments and be sure to keep all appointments for follow up while he is being treated with this medication. ...Read more

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Can't Zoloft (sertraline) make u sweat very badly even at night and resemble lymphoma sweats?

Can't Zoloft (sertraline) make u sweat very badly even at night and resemble lymphoma sweats?

Zoloft (sertraline) sweats: The whole class of ssri medications (including prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) etc.) can cause night sweats, particularly as you are stopping or reducing the medication. Paxil (paroxetine) is the worst offender in this group. Some patients have this symptom even while taking the medication. Usually it will go away after a few weeks. ...Read more

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When I haven't taken my Zoloft (sertraline) in 2 + days (rarely happens that I skip) why does it cause me headaches?

When I haven't taken my Zoloft (sertraline) in 2 + days (rarely happens that I skip) why does it cause me headaches?

Withdrawal symptom: When you miss your zoloft (sertraline) dose, you could be experiencing some withdrawal (or what the drug companies call "discontinuation") effects -- which can include headache. I'm glad you rarely skip your doses for 2+ days. ...Read more

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Why can't I take oxyelite pro while I'm taking zoloft (sertraline)? I'm in medical field so complicated answer is okay

Why can't I take oxyelite pro while I'm taking zoloft (sertraline)? I'm in medical field so complicated answer is okay

Unregulated: All supplements are unregulated by fda, so they can put 'pro' and 'awesome' and whatever you want to hear to get excited and spend money, but the fact is there are things they can put that do work, and are dangerous. I see kidney stones, heart, liver and other problems that come from muscle and energy supplements. So with or without zoloft, (sertraline) I wouldn't recommend that stuff. ...Read more

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I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

Do you need them?: These are antidepressants. If you function well without using them, then stay off of taking them completely. Otherwise you can go back on them (if you remain depressed without using them.)
These doses if tolerated before are fine to take them like before. ...Read more

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Can't remember for the life of me if I took my Zoloft (sertraline) this morning. I'm on 100 mg. Should I risk double dosing or skip it?

Can count pills: On the bottle it should list the day it was filled and the rate at which you are supposed to take it (once or twice a day). You can then count the number of pills left and decide whether you have taken the right number of pills. Also, one extra or fewer dose of Zoloft (sertraline) is not going to throw you into a toxic state. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 4 4 years now done good but the last few mo im sacttered braind can't fouse or remenber things could this be a side effect?

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) 4 4 years now done good but the last few mo im sacttered braind can't fouse or remenber things could this be a side effect?

Scattered: Yes. Long term treatment with a serotonin boosting drug like sertraline (zoloft) can, in some patients cause a frontal lobe type symptom complex where focus, attention and thinking is altered. Talk with your doc about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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I didn't take my night dose of Zoloft (sertraline) & strattera! What can happen? I already didn't see benefit on meds. Will this missed dose affect its effectivity?

I didn't take my night dose of Zoloft (sertraline) & strattera! What can happen? I already didn't see benefit on meds. Will this missed dose affect its effectivity?

Not a Problem: Skipping a day in taking these medications will not be a problem. Just take your next scheduled dose. The effectiveness for both drugs will depend on amount of drug and the time it is in the system. Both depend on time to know if they will be effective. Give 4 weeks for both, then ask your doctor if should increase the doses. ...Read more

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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

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

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I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for a few yrs. I have noticed weight gain. I want to switch to something that won't make me gain, what works best for my age? 17.

I've been on Zoloft (sertraline) for a few yrs. I have noticed weight gain. I want to switch to something that won't make me gain, what works best for my age? 17.

Talk w/psychiatrist: This is something you need to discuss with your own psychiatrist, preferably an adolescent psychiatrist. Some medications have additional risks in young people, and you want to be safe and well. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a reasonable choice in adults, but reviewing your concerns with your own doctor would be better than asking doctors who don't know you (like us on healthtap). Good luck! ...Read more

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What if im ok on 100mg Zoloft (sertraline) but don't feel effects of 1mg klonopin 2x a day should I ask to increase klonopin to 2mg 2x a day? I can't find a balance

Zoloft (sertraline) Klonopin: It would help to know what anxiety disorder you have and how you expect to feel on klonopin. That aside, a study was just completed that showed that a significant number of patients with social anxiety did well on zoloft (sertraline) and 3 mg per day of Klonopin along with psychotherapy. Am j psychiatry 2014 jan 1; 171:44. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would happen if I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and my body doesn't need it just wondering if I would have serotonin symdrome and what symptoms?

What would happen if I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and my body doesn't need it just wondering if I would have serotonin symdrome and what symptoms?

Unprescribed?: If you've been taking zoloft (sertraline) & your body doesn't need it, you'd be exposed to potential side effects like GI upset, nausea, diarrhea, etc -- but none of the benefits. Side effects can happen even if your body does need zoloft (sertraline). If on 200mg zoloft (sertraline) and no other conflicting medications or drugs, serotonin syndrome is very unlikely. If taking unprescribed medications, this is another issue. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can you explain how this combination works? I take 25mg Zoloft (sertraline) 1 MG Ativan at night. I had 3 drinks and blacked out with no memory for about 7 hours. I won't be doing this again but I am very curious as to the combination. I am planning on c

Can you explain how this combination works? I take 25mg Zoloft (sertraline) 1 MG Ativan at night. I had 3 drinks and blacked out with no memory for about 7 hours. I won't be doing this again but I am very curious as to the combination. I am planning on c

Not advisable: Ativan will commonly cause amnesia. You should not drink in combination with the Ativan, the result can be as you found, but can be more serious including death. Your dose of Zoloft (sertraline) is very low, and not likely an interaction with either the alcohol or ativan. ...Read more

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On Zoloft (sertraline) and feeling worse, can't think/focus. What do you suggest?

Zoloft (sertraline) side effect: Call your prescriber right away, explaining how you feel. There are many alternatives that can offer the effect you need. ...Read more

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I can't remember if I took my Zoloft (sertraline) (100mg) should I take one just in case?

No use should not: Since you can't remember if you took one already, if you take another, you will have taken too much. The risk of side effects from taking too much is greater then missing 1 dose. ...Read more

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Can I take my zoloft (sertraline) the next day if I didn't sleep or would it be like taking it twice?

Can I take my zoloft (sertraline) the next day if I didn't sleep or would it be like taking it twice?

Insomnia: Zoloft (sertraline) Dose is once in 24 hours.
It is likely that your Sleep problem is due to side effect of Zoloft (sertraline) or Stress.
Let Wise Person within you reflect Stresses with causing insomnia.
Consider:
Avoid
Alcohol
• OTC Sleep aids
Exercise or Yoga in the evening
Before sleeping:
• Close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life
• Visual imagery of National Parks
• Breathing Relaxation
• Therapy
• Medication ...Read more

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How long do u take Zoloft (sertraline) for. I've been on it 1 month. I don't want to go all summer without a drink. I'm on 0.50 mgs and feel better?

How long do u take Zoloft (sertraline) for. I've been on it 1 month. I don't want to go all summer without a drink. I'm on 0.50 mgs and feel better?

6 months or longer: I'm glad you're feeling better. Zoloft (sertraline) is used to treat depressive and anxiety disorders, so the length of time you will need on it will depend on your diagnosis. Some conditions, like a single major depressive episode, require at least six months to ensure adequate treatment. For some conditions, zoloft (sertraline) is prescribed indefinitely. Careful about alcohol. It will reduce the effectiveness of zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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I think I accidentally took 400mg of Zoloft (sertraline) instead of the 200mg that I am prescribed. Hectic day and can't remember. Concerned/embarrassed.

Probably OK: If you did take that amount and if you are not feeling badly--nausea, shaky, toxic, you will probably be OK. BUT if you begin feeling ill, sick, or toxic, you could be having a bad reaction and will need immediate medical attention for Serotonin Syndrome. Do not delay in seeking medical evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Fluvoxamine (Definition)

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Zoloft (Definition)

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