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Will Zoloft (sertraline) change my personality forever?

Will Zoloft (sertraline) change my personality forever?

No.: No pill can change who you are. The antidepressants are designed to bring back into normal balance the system of neurotransmitters that has gotten out of balance. So in a sense, they help you be you. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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 Zoloft (sertraline) be used for obsessive compulsive personality disorder?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) be used for obsessive compulsive personality disorder?

Antidepressants: can be used to treat OCD. Which one may work best for you is something you and your doc can work on together. See "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing" by Rappaport if you have not read it. It's an oldie but goodie. Peace and good health. ...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?

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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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.

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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Is there anything better than Zoloft (sertraline) been on it for to long and need a change?

Is there anything better than Zoloft (sertraline) been on it for to long and need a change?

Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft is an ssri antidepressant, similar to other ssris such as prozac, paxil, celexa, lexapro. Other groups of antidepressants can be snris such as Effexor (venlafaxine) & cymbalta, tricyclics such as pamelor, tetracyclics such as doxepin, trazodone, remeron, & others such as wellbutrin, MAO inhibitors such as nardil. Discuss options with your prescribing doctor. ...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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Related to a question I asked earlier about when to take zoloft (sertraline). Do the side effects go away after the body gets used to the dosage and time change.

What symptoms?: I usually tell patients to start 25 mgs with food at dinner. This accomplishes several things. It usually diminishes the effect of sedation, nausea and fatigue that can often occur when you start an ssri. Increase the dose every 5 to 7 days by 25 mgs. Until i see a therapeutic effect. At 100 mgs. I wait another two to four weeks so that treatment "catches up" to onside effects. Talk to yourdoc! ...Read more

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Started 25mg Zoloft (sertraline) 5 weeks ago. After 4 weeks i saw no change & upped to 50mg. Been on 50mg for 1 week and still no change. Should i increase yet?

Did a doctor : Prescribe this medication for you? If so, normally a medical provider increases the dose of zoloft (sertraline) from 25 to 50mg after a week. If you have a medical provider - please consult w that provider. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline)- from 100 to 150mg Ativan-.5mg Could a change in my dosage of Zoloft (sertraline) affect how Ativan effects me? I was VERY addled the last time I took it.

Zoloft (sertraline)- from 100 to 150mg
Ativan-.5mg
Could a change in my dosage of Zoloft (sertraline) affect how Ativan effects me? I was VERY addled the last time I took it.

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Zoloft (sertraline) is a medication for depression and anxiety. Ativan is a medication for anxiety. Ask yourself for reasons to take 2 medications for anxiety; and for increase of dose of Zoloft (sertraline) to 150mg/day which is a high dose. Using Ativan together with Zoloft (sertraline) may increase dizziness, difficulty concentrating and confusion. See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication and Therapy ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

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