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Side Effects Of Increasing Zoloft
Would side effects be present with increasing Zoloft (sertraline) dosage of 25 to 50mg? Although no bad side effects when taking 25mg, but many with 50mg.
In my practice, I start most adults on zoloft (sertraline) at 50 mgs daily, and they do well. I then have them increase the dose to 100 - 200 mgs gradually, so they can be at a therapeutic dose.
If you are having side effects now, see your physician and discuss all of your medications, over the counter medicines, and concerns. It may be that your side effects are due to medication interactions. ...Read more
I've been on Zoloft 50MG for a week, I've found relief, almost no side effects, it's not prescribed, would increasing the MG help more?
Just started Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg last night. I don't have any side effects so far. When will I get bad side effects. Does it happen immediate or weeks?
My pdoc said that I can up the Zoloft (sertraline) dose from 150 to 200mg if I feel 150 doesn't help enough. Would upping it be wise? (i had 0 side effects so far)
Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) can be raised to 200mg safely, in general -- but I'm wondering what the diagnosis is? You list "abnormally high sex drive"? Sometimes this can indicate a mood disorder with hypomania or mania -- and taking zoloft (sertraline) without a mood stabilizer can worsen that. I suggest consulting with a psychiatrist about your diagnosis and your medication. There may be more effective options for you. ...Read more
Most common ones: The most common ones (not possible to include all in 400 characters) are restlessness, mild headache, and mild stomach upset or loosening of stools. Each occurs in about 15% of people and usually go away in 2-3 weeks. Uncommomly, suicidal thinking may worsen at first, so be carefully monitored by a therapist. Over the long run there may be mild weight gain and sexual problems. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Potential side effects include dry mouth, increased sweating, headache, tremor, loose bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, decreased libido or other sexual side effects, palpitations, chest discomfort, back pain, myalgias, yawning, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, feeling more sleepy, fatigue, feeling more anxious & change in appetite. ...Read more
Sorry question not really clear. Are you asking how to taper off of zoloft (sertraline) and avoid side-effects or are you having side effects from the zoloft (sertraline)?
To get off zoloft (sertraline) first speak with your physician and discuss the pros and cons. You taper off slowly over time like every 2-4 weeks depending on the dose. If you have side effects then speak with your physician. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline) can have: Side effects. (In fact, all medications can have side effects). Sertraline, an SSRI may result in mild side effects that include GI side effects, ejaculatory dysfunction, headache, dry mouth. Rarely, more serious side effects including suicidality, mania, seizures, hyponatremia can occur. Talk with ur MD about the expected risks/benefits & side effects of sertraline in ur particular case. Be well! ...Read more
Dysfunctional: If the side effects are impacting your health, or causing you so much distress you are not functioning in your personal or professional life, you should discuss alternative medications with your psychiatrist. ...Read more
Side effects are common early on & most often diminish over time (a week or 2). If they are serious, fail to diminish, or are intolerable, then contact your prescriber immediately for instructions & consideration of alternative medication.
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Zoloft (sertraline): Gradual tapering under supervision by your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Caution is good: A healthy level of caution/concern is a good thing. Most patients who experience side effects with zoloft (sertraline) will have them early on and often they are temporary. With a little time they may go away as you adjust to the medication. To expect side effects to occur spontaneously later in treatment when no changes of dose or meds are made would be not advised since this would be highly unusual. ...Read more
Days to weeks:
I generally advise patients if they have side effects to give it a few days up to a week to see if it will subside. Of course this depends on the side effects. The most common with zoloft (sertraline) and meds in it's class is gastrointestinal. So if a person has terrible diarrhea, they may not be able to last more than a day or two before they need to stop the drug.
Also, dry mouth tends to stay. ...Read more
Sedation: There are many possible side effects although they are usually relatively mild. The more common would include sedation, increased yawning, decreased energy, changes in concentration, nausea, diarrhea, weight gain and increased sweating. Not everyone gets these side effects and some get very little in the way of side effects. I would talk with the prescribing physician about your concerns! ...Read more
First two weeks...: Nausea, diarrhea; later, some encounter sexual side effects. ...Read more
That depends: Some side effects may resolve within 2 to 4 weeks (or more), whereas, other side effects may remain. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Benefits - improving anxiety, panic or depression. Some of the potential GI side effects from zoloft (sertraline) include: diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite and change in weight. A person can also experience headache, dizziness, tremors, or feeling tired. Erectile dysfunction can occur. More serious side effects include: seizures, bleeding problems, fever, irregular heart rhythm, cont'd. ...Read more
Many alternatives: There are many alternatives to zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) and those chosen depend on what your doctor is trying to treat. Zoloft (sertraline) has many ssri cousins. Also there are non-pharmaceutical ways to help anxiety & depression, 2 of the most common reasons zoloft (sertraline) might be prescribed. Discuss your fear with your physician, and work with him/her about your treatment. ...Read more
Why do some people that take the same medication (like zoloft) have side effects and others do not?
Diversity: This is part of the nature of diversity of the human body. People have different genetic make up of their bodies including their cardiovascular systems, urinary systems, liver, brain and so on. Consequently the biochemical interaction of these systems with medications varies and hence some person may develop nausea on medication "x" while someone else may not.. ...Read more