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Is Zoloft (sertraline) medication to blame for becoming anorexic? Never dieted before, on medicine tried to starve, soon as I got off, anorexic feelings went away.

Is Zoloft (sertraline) medication to blame for becoming anorexic? Never dieted before, on medicine tried to starve, soon as I got off, anorexic feelings went away.

This is unusual but: Possible and reportable. Contact your perscribing doctor and discus with him about contacting the makers of Zoloft (sertraline).This action may help others in the future and may well confirm your suspicions. ...Read more

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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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Doctor increased my sertraline medication from 100 to 150 mg in order to treat my OCD. I read somewhere about Serotonin syndrome. I am worried!

Doctor increased my sertraline medication from 100 to 150 mg in order to treat my OCD. I read somewhere about Serotonin syndrome. I am worried!

Actually uncommon: Serotonin syndrome is relatively uncommon, and there is far more attention place than warranted. Usually occurs with combination of medications, all at a fairly high dose. If your sertraline is being used alone, and your dosage is as described, there is no realistic risk. ...Read more

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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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Is Zoloft (sertraline) a good medication for OCD and anxiety? I am recovering from anorexia also and I am terriified of gaining weight from it?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) a good medication for OCD and anxiety? I am recovering from anorexia also and I am terriified of gaining weight from it?

Yes: Zoloft is a member if the ssri's group which are the backbone of treatment for ocd. Other medications include celexa, lexapro, (escitalopram) fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, clomipramine and others. Zoloft o's one that has low profile of side effects, including weight gain ...Read more

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Can I take zoloft (sertraline) ssri depression medication with vitamin b complex?

Can I take zoloft (sertraline) ssri depression medication with vitamin b complex?

Should be fine: But also check with doctor prescribing your Zoloft (sertraline). He/she knows your medical history. Take care. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: zoloft (sertraline)?

Please describe the medication: zoloft (sertraline)?

Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor type of antidepressant, used to treat depression & anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) the most effective medication for anxiety and depression?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) the most effective medication for anxiety and depression?

One of several: Zoloft (sertraline) is an effective drug for treating anxiety and depression. Other drugs in its class (ssris) are also effective for these conditions.
The most effective drug is the one you tolerate which works. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) with four other medications: Doxycycline, Rifampin, Zithromax, and Malarone?

Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) with four other medications: Doxycycline, Rifampin, Zithromax, and Malarone?

Avoid unless your: Doctor checked an EKG. Some of these medications in particular can cause prolongation of the QT interval (basically slowing heart conduction) and should be taken with caution under the guidance of your primary care physician. ...Read more

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When you increase the dose of sertraline do you have to wait for results like when you first start the medication?

When you increase the dose of sertraline do you have to wait for results like when you first start the medication?

Yes: Yes the chemistry is the same. It takes it some time to get to its new equilibrium or steady state. Hang in there and give it a chance to work. ...Read more

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Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg once a day for a week now. Not seeing any effects, how long until this medication starts weeking.

Been taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg once a day for a week now. Not seeing any effects, how long until this medication starts weeking.

It will take a while: For your serotonin levels to increase. It often takes 2 to 6 weeks to see a strong response after you have reached your optimum dosage. So, don't be fooled by the fact that are no changes in symptoms yest. ...Read more

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I'm on 200mg Zoloft (sertraline) for sad. I've been on it for 3+ months with no noticeable changes. What medication would be ideal to switch to?

I'm on 200mg Zoloft (sertraline) for sad. I've been on it for 3+ months with no noticeable changes. What medication would be ideal to switch to?

Treatment options: The best treatment for sad is the combination of phototherapy and medication. Zoloft is on of the ssris which have been used. The others include Paxil and prozac. Effexor (venlafaxine) which is a snri has also been used. Wellbutrin xl may help prevent depressive episodes in people with a history of sad.
Last but not least psychotherapy can be employed. ...Read more

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I've been taking sertraline for six days at 50mg and I have decided to stop them, would it be safer to taper off the medication or okay to just stop?

I've been taking sertraline for six days at 50mg and I have decided to stop them, would it be safer to taper off the medication or okay to just stop?

Don't just stop!: Best is to be monitored by doctor as you taper. If you really need to do it alone - YES, taper - don't just stop. Try 25mg for a week and if you are fine, 12.5mg for a week before stopping. You can even take longer by a week of every other day if you react badly. Best to find a pro to guide you. I hope it goes well. Consider CBT therapy for your needs - no side effects. ...Read more

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What is a medication that can lower serotonin levels or serve as an anti Zoloft (sertraline) / psytral / seroplex etc?

What is a medication that can lower serotonin levels or serve as an anti Zoloft (sertraline) / psytral / seroplex etc?

There is one: I am not sure why one would ask this question, bur the only common anti-serotonin medication is called periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) or cyproheptadine. This medication also is antihistiminic. ...Read more

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Hi I'm very sensitive to medication, I quickly become hypo. I have had a bad reaction to Citalopram and now put on Sertraline, will the same happen?

Hi I'm very sensitive to medication, I quickly become hypo. I have had a bad reaction to Citalopram and now put on Sertraline, will the same happen?

Possibly: Sertraline and citalopram are in the same class of medications and have the same potential side effects. However, some people tolerate one much better than another. So, you may tolerate Sertraline better. It is important to stay in contact with your provider and let them know of any side effects that you experience, particularly if you have any hypomania or worsening depression. ...Read more

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I started taking sertraline HCl 25 mg friday morning for anxiety today is my third day on the medication I was going to go out with some friends for a?

I started taking sertraline HCl 25 mg friday morning for anxiety today is my third day on the medication I was going to go out with some friends for a?

Not recommended: I wouldn't recommend use of any additional substances -- including alcohol -- if you have anxiety and/or are getting used to a new medication (like sertaline). Sertraline + alcohol can lead to sedation. Also, drinking alcohol itself can lead to anxiety -- depending on how much you drink, your frazzled neurons can fire in disturbed ways while recovering. ...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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Sertraline and tramadol and diclofenac are three of the medications I take. Should they be taken together?

Sertraline and tramadol and diclofenac are three of the medications I take. Should they be taken together?

Med combo: If your doctor considered tramadol and diclofenac might be combined with sertraline, there is no contraindication, as they follow a different path in terms of how the body eliminates them through metabolic pathways. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding on 50mg Zoloft (sertraline). If I increase to 75mg will baby be exposed to 50% more medication?

Breastfeeding on 50mg Zoloft (sertraline). If I increase to 75mg will baby be exposed to 50% more medication?

Sertraline and moms: No. Sertraline seems to be the safest to take while breastfeeding. In studies of breastfeeding infants whose mothers were taking sertraline, the drug has either been undetectable or insignificant in the infant's blood. As always, please discuss your concerns with your healthcare providers. ...Read more

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I'm currently on vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and sertraline (50 mg each). Is it ok to drink on these medications?

I'm currently on vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and sertraline (50 mg each). Is it ok to drink on these medications?

Medications Risks: Sertraline may increase the effects of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)- jitteriness, anxiety. Taking together increases the risk of a serious condition - Serotonin Syndrome.
Using Alcohol with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can increase the risk of increased heart rate, chest pain, or blood pressure changes.

Drinking Alcohol with these medications can cause impaired judgment.

See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, medications and Ther ...Read more

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Are there any medications for ptsd other than zoloft (sertraline)? What is the maximum dosage for zoloft (sertraline)?

Are there any medications for ptsd other than zoloft (sertraline)? What is the maximum dosage for zoloft (sertraline)?

Max 200mg per day: There are a number of ssri's that can work similar to the same way zoloft (sertraline) does, but zoloft (sertraline) has some stronger research behind it for ptsd. You can ask your physician to try other ssri medication. However, make sure, with ptsd, that you include therapy and include a support system. This is not something that should be dealt with by meds only. Best of luck and I hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have had my dosage changed to 100mg of sertraline I have been experiencing horrible headaches. Is this due to my medication? Should itell my doc?

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Zoloft (sertraline): If headaches worsened or started with increasing the dose, u need to inform your prescribing doctor to possibly adjust the dose down if applicable. ...Read more

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Do any medications negatively interact w/ sertraline (antidepressant)?

Skim the article: Article:
www. Medicinenet. Com/sertraline/article. Htm
common drug interactions include cimetidine, pimozide, and warfarin. ...Read more

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My pdoc put me on Zoloft (sertraline) 300mg in divided dose. Is it normal dose? Can I combat depression without medications?

My pdoc put me on Zoloft (sertraline) 300mg in divided dose. Is it normal dose? Can I combat depression without medications?

Yes, it is Normal: Usually this dose is given to get you back into base line meaning on normal functioning, over time your doctor can lower the dosage as the symptoms show improvement. Along with other depression manage therapies, exercise, diet one can in most cases over time may not even need medication. ...Read more

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What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

Talk to doc: If anxiety is causing insomnia, then yous should consult your doctor or psychiatrist to find out the cause. Sleeping pill alone would not be your answer, you need to tackle the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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