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What are the pros and cons of switching from celexa to zoloft (sertraline)?

What are the pros and cons of switching from celexa to zoloft (sertraline)?

Celexa/zoloft: Pros may include some response as antidepressant if Celexa was not working at optimum dose for several weeks, or was not tolerated well, and also some withdrawal symptoms until zoloft (sertraline) kicks in. Cons may include the opposite, with more symptoms of depression, especially since it takes time for the zoloft (sertraline) to work. ...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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I was prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) and don't want it. Can I pour it down toilet?

I was prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) and don't want it. Can I pour it down toilet?

Talk to your doctor: First, it is not a good idea to flush meds down the toilet due to filtration and sanitation concerns. It is best to have your physician's office, pharmacy or the police station dispose of them properly. As far as discontinuing zoloft (sertraline) on your own, I would strongly recommend that you speak with your doctor about your concerns with yhe med. ...Read more

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Will Zoloft (sertraline) help will obsessive harmful thought s that won't go away?

Will Zoloft (sertraline) help will obsessive harmful thought s that won't go away?

Maybe.: Sertraline is a reasonable drug to consider. It has more than a fair chance of working for you. ...Read more

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What should I do if I haven't felt any change after taking Zoloft (sertraline) for almost 4 weeks?

See your doctor: Like all antidepressants, it may take 4-6 weeks to feel the full benefit, but you should see at least some benefit within a couple of weeks zoloft can be dosed up to 150 mg so if you are on a lower dose, the dose can be increased. If you are already on150 mg then it is time to consider another antidepressant or adding abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, or Remeron to supplement the effects of the zoloft. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) make you gain weight? I've put on 30 lbs in two months and I can't loose it

Does Zoloft (sertraline) make you gain weight? I've put on 30 lbs in two months and I can't loose it

Zoloft (sertraline) weight gain: Some people are very sensitive to mental medicines and would gain weight even with meds that are not kwown to make people gain weight. If you already have a weight issue and cannot lose weight easily, zoloft (sertraline) can also cause you some weight gain even thought it causes the least of that.
If you already have a healthy lifestyle, please make it better, if not then try to adopt a healthy one. ...Read more

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I feel like I've lost myself while being on Zoloft (sertraline) but I can't stop taking it what should I do?

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Zoloft (sertraline): Not sure what dose u r taking & whether your symptoms started after increasing the dose, but I recommend reviewing those possibilities with your prescribing doctor to see if lowering the dose might be an option. ...Read more

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My normal 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) doesn't help me anymore so I double dosed and I feel better. Is that okay?

My normal 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) doesn't help me anymore so I double dosed and I feel better. Is that okay?

Yes, but....: Yes, but, first, you're lucky that you haven't experienced an adverse reaction to doubling your dose. We always advise patients only to change their medication with their physician's advice & consent, but, now that you've done so, please let your doctor know! Thanks! ...Read more

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I've been taking 1 50mg Zoloft (sertraline) a day, it hasn't been helping. Would it hurt me if I take 2 of the 50mg a day?

I've been taking 1 50mg Zoloft (sertraline) a day, it hasn't been helping. Would it hurt me if I take 2 of the 50mg a day?

Don't know: What condition you are being treated for? Don't know how long you have been on this dose? It can take 4 to 6 weeks to get a full response of zoloft (sertraline) at your current dose. Please don't make any changes to your medications without discussing with your physician/ psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I'm on 50mg of Zoloft, (sertraline) once a day. I accidentally took two doses tonight (wasn't thinking). Should I worry about anything?

I'm on 50mg of Zoloft, (sertraline) once a day. I accidentally took two doses tonight (wasn't thinking). Should I worry about anything?

Zoloft (sertraline) Effects: Zoloft (sertraline) is a medication for treatment of Depression.

Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg/day is average maintenance dose
“I wasn't thinking” suggests that you feel overwhelmed with stress

Zoloft (sertraline) may cause
Nausea, insomnia. Anxiety, agitation, irritability, dizziness, headache

Treatment of Depression and anxiety is Therapy, Medication, Breathing Relaxation, Visual imagery, Yoga, and Meditation

See your Psychiatrist ...Read more

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Mdd controlled w/zoloft. The last few days I'm disinterested, feel worthless, just want to lay in bed. Hasn't been this bad in a while. Advice?

Mdd controlled w/zoloft. The last few days I'm disinterested, feel worthless, just want to lay in bed. Hasn't been this bad in a while. Advice?

Depressive relapse: It's that time of year again. You could have a seasonal mood disorder component, or your zoloft (sertraline) may have hit a plateau and need an increase. Did u get a different generic? If things are real bad your psychiatrist may add in any number of agents. Get in touch with your psych soon. They will know what to do. If you have a trauma history, you may need to expand cbt to include trauma work. ...Read more

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I am coming off Zoloft, (sertraline) it worked for me last time, saved me. This time a year or two later it isn't working. Did I build up a tolerance?

I am coming off Zoloft, (sertraline) it worked for me last time, saved me. This time a year or two later it isn't working. Did I build up a tolerance?

Probably.: Some people have reported this phenomena that when they get off an antidepressant and they have to take it again for recurrence of depression, they notice that it takes a bigger dose to relieve their depression. I have read this in some literature and I have seen this with some of my patients. In fact, when the same antidepressant is restarted, you have to start with a higher dose. ...Read more

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My dr in oh requires frequent visits to refill Zoloft (sertraline) and doesn't change the rx. Is this acceptable practice? I have trouble refilling on time.

Common practice.: Many psychiatrists see patients monthly for refills. Sometimes more often if medication are being changed or if there are safety concerns. You might ask your doctor if she or he would consider lengthening out the time between office visits. Take care. ...Read more

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Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) for a few months and piled on the pounds and my trousers don't fit unless elasticated so will I loose it if I stop the drug?

Zoloft (sertraline) weight gain: Review your weight gain with prescribing doctor to make sure there is no other explanation. If all points to Zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) discuss switching to another med not likely to cause weight gain. Weight gain should slowly reverse when Zoloft (sertraline) is stopped. Be sure to eat healthy and exercise as best you can. Good you're questioning the weight gain. All the best. ...Read more

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I stil can't find any add ons for Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg a day here in australia. I have a bizy day everyday looking after my disabled son which has hydrocaphelu?

Some need more: Many patients require doses of sertraline greater than 200 mg per day to attain remission from depression and anxiety. Antidepressants with other mechanisms of action can also be added to sertraline in non-responders. These include bupropion and mirtazepine. Other agents such as benzodiazepines may be helpful. ...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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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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I'm on 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and I can't remember if I took it this morning around 10 AM so I took it at 7 PM tonight is that going to be alright?

Do NOT worry: This would be a total daily dose of 50 mg, which is actually a rather low dose, and you should have almost trivial consequences. ...Read more

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My vision has become very blurry on zoloft (sertraline). Can't see clearly at a distance. I really just need to know if this side effect go away in time?

My vision has become very blurry on zoloft (sertraline). Can't see clearly at a distance. I really just need to know if this side effect go away in time?

Usually: Blurry vision tends to get better and go away. Some patients are more sensitive to specific side effects. Combining zoloft (sertraline) with other medication such as Risperidone may also be a factor. Decision about whether to continue to take a medication should take into consideration both the benefits and side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more