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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Overview)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose.


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Was taking olanzapine and they give me muscle spasms everywhere! they said it wasnt that what caused it! could sertraline get rid of muscle spasms?

Was taking olanzapine and they  give  me muscle spasms everywhere! they said it wasnt  that what caused it! could sertraline get rid of muscle spasms?

Not likely: Olanzapine muscle spasms are often due to the effects of Olanzapine on dopamine. Sertraline would not help this problem. You should talk to your doctor, first because you want someone to assess the kind of muscle spasm you were having, and second so that your doctor can suggest the appropriate thing to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Overview)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose.


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Please describe the medication: sertraline?

Please describe the medication: sertraline?

Sertraline: Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & diarrhea, depending on dose. ...Read more

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No insurance until next month but need refills on sertraline, am having withdrawal, tried walk in clinic and couldn't prescribe it, what should I do?

No insurance until next month but need refills on sertraline, am having withdrawal, tried walk in clinic and couldn't prescribe it, what should I do?

Establish care: Due to the need for monitoring of that medication, the safest thing would be to establish care with a primary care physician or psychiatrist. It would be imprudent and unwise for a physician to prescribe that medication blindly without follow up, which is why it could not be prescribed in the walk in clinic. ...Read more

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Im taking clonazepam as needed but was prescribed sertraline to take everyday. Is it safe for me to just switch right away?

Im taking clonazepam as needed but was prescribed sertraline to take everyday. Is it safe for me to just switch right away?

Not a good idea.: You should check with your prescribing physician. Even with as needed Clonazepam stopping it should be done slowly, especially since the sertraline takes time to be effective in controlling your anxiety. ...Read more

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I use sertraline & recently deplin. When I restrict food I get diarrhea. Recently its got worse have diahrea more often. Can I use Imodium (loperamide) 24/7?

I use sertraline & recently deplin. When I restrict food I get diarrhea. Recently its got worse have diahrea more often. Can I use Imodium (loperamide) 24/7?

No don't do that: Get checked out. Make sure your thyroid is not overactive, If thyroid test is negative find out what is causing your problem. (May need to see the gastroenterologist) Usually constant diarrhea is not from the medication but this may need to be ruled out as well (serotonergic syndrome) . ...Read more

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Does ashwagandha work for panic attacks? Used daily? Can it be used while taking sertraline, or during weening off sert ?

Does ashwagandha work for panic attacks? Used daily? Can it be used while taking sertraline, or during weening off sert ?

No: Ashwagandha is a common herb in ayurvedic medicine. It has a variety of uses -- much to do with adapting to stress. Some use it for anti-anxiety properties, but it does not have research supporting any prevention of panic attacks. There are no conflicts between it and sertraline -- but there could be with benzos. Talk w/your doc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10956379?dopt=abstract. ...Read more

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Is sertraline effective for anxiety?

Is sertraline effective for anxiety?

Yes: Yes, sertraline can help with anxiety. Your psychiatrist can evaluate and work with you to arrive at the best regimen, though. It is usually best to also work in psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can provide many tools to deal with anxiety on your own. Other psychotherapies may help as well -- such as emdr when traumatic flashbacks & nightmares are a problem. ...Read more

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Does sertraline work in the cns?

Does sertraline work in the cns?

Yes: It works in the brain and also your gut. It works on sertonin which is a messenger that works where there are nerve cells. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

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