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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

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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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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Does Zoloft make you gain or lose weight? Would it change my appetite or weight?

Does Zoloft make you gain or lose weight? Would it change my appetite or weight?

Either: Usually gain but not sure, appetite niot sure but if concern for weight and never had a seizure and depressed [and if smoke to stop it ] wellbutrin sr 150 mg 1-2 daily is good, it is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor and dopamine enhancer, no weight chnge or lose weight and no usual sexual side effects and helps with smoking cravings ...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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Been on Zoloft 100 mg for six months. My depresssion is completely gone but not doing that great with anxity. Should I need more Mg or change meds?

Been on Zoloft 100 mg for six months. My depresssion is completely gone but not doing that great with anxity. Should I need more Mg or change meds?

I wouldn't make any: Changes without discussing this with your prescribing medical provider first. However in this type of situation, sometimes raising the zoloft dose can help to reduce the anxiety. Sometimes adding in a medication like buspar can improve symptoms. If you are not getting psychotherapy at this time - that is a MUST. ...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?

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

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Which antidepresant drug would go good with busper, curently on Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg and want to change?

Which antidepresant drug would go good with busper, curently on Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg and want to change?

Good Question: Zoloft is classified as an ssri. If zoloft is not helping, you should ask your physician about drugs that work by a different mechanism. Most anti-depressants help with anxiety. However, you may consider adding an additional drug for the anxiety. I advise against taking benzodiazipines (valium, xanac, etc). Instead, consider something like lyrica, (pregabalin) Neurontin or (in special cases) lamictal. ...Read more

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Changed how I take zoloft. I use to take 25 mg am/ 87.5 mg pm. Now take 117.5 mg pm. Constant headache. Caused by change in how I take it?

Changed how I take zoloft. I use to take 25 mg am/ 87.5 mg pm. Now take 117.5 mg pm. Constant headache. Caused by change in how I take it?

Difficult to say: You are on the same dose except it is all given once a day.Zoloft is usually prescribed as once a day. Discuss with your Psychiaterist or prescribing doctor if headache persists if you can go back to same regimen and also get checked to see if there is another reason for your constant headache. As it may or may not related to the change in timing to take the drug ...Read more

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My pharmacy changed diff. Brand of my zoloft (sertraline) and I feel diff. Shaky in the morning tingly I calm after taking gad meds busp lorzpm does it matter?

My pharmacy changed diff. Brand of my zoloft (sertraline) and I feel diff. Shaky in the morning tingly I calm after taking gad meds busp lorzpm does it matter?

Generic meds: Generic medications are made by different companies. The generic name for Zoloft (made by one company) is sertraline. Generics work well and cost much less than the brand. However, you may be reacting to different inactive ingredients, eg fillers, dyes in the new med. Talk to your pharmacist and doctor about going back to what you had been taking. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do you switch from Remeron to Zoloft (sertraline) or any SSRI for that matter? Can you stop remeron and just change over to Zoloft (sertraline)?

How do you switch from Remeron to Zoloft (sertraline) or any SSRI for that matter? Can you stop remeron and just change over to Zoloft (sertraline)?

Switching Antidepres: Cross titration is recommended. This is done under supervision by your doctor to avoid withdrawal or recurrence of symptoms. Gradually tapering one medication while introducing & gradually upgrading the other is how it's done. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline) increase 100to150; change due to still having some anxiety but doing much better; can increase cause jittery/wired feeling;no caffeine?

Zoloft (sertraline) increase 100to150; change due to still having some anxiety but doing much better; can increase cause jittery/wired feeling;no caffeine?

Increasing Zoloft (sertraline): From 100 mg to 150 may cause transitory Jittery feeling, especially if you are taking it along with Celexa (citalopram).
Watch for elevated temperature, elevated heart rate, muscle stiffness and problems with sleep. If you have any of these or racing thoughts contact your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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My dad only takes donezepil but he is more confused. If he stops taking it when will I c a change? He hasn't taken Zoloft (sertraline) and he hasn't gotten nervous.

My dad only takes donezepil but he is more confused. If he stops taking it when will I c a change? He hasn't taken Zoloft (sertraline) and he hasn't gotten nervous.

Within 3 days: Within 3 days if due to that, but I have to tell you, I have never seen it cause confusion and it makes no sense, though not impossible. Maybe the donezepil just isn't working. I don't use this anymore, I use exelon (rivastigmine). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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