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Is it safe to take generic from zoloft medication? Which is the best one? Does it come with risk of side effects?

Is it safe to take generic from zoloft medication? Which is the best one? Does it come with risk of side effects?

As safe as the brand: Sertraline, the generic form of Zoloft, is required by the FDA to be nearly equivalent in strength as the brand-name. The difference in generic and brand-name dose wise would be trivial as far as it's clinical effectiveness.

I think it would be safe to take and that the side effects would be identical to that of the brand-name. ...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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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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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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I am scared to take medication (zoloft). What are some of the bad side effects?

I am scared to take medication (zoloft). What are some of the bad side effects?

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

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I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

I haven't taken my medication (Zoloft 200mg and Lamictal 200mg) for 2 weeks. Should I take my full dose again or half?

Do you need them?: These are antidepressants. If you function well without using them, then stay off of taking them completely. Otherwise you can go back on them (if you remain depressed without using them.)
These doses if tolerated before are fine to take them like before. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Dhir I have a friend who is getting a new job and is worried because she takes the medication Zoloft and we have readt that it can show up in a urinalysis as a benzodiazepines but she has her prescription for the zoloft so she can show the nurse

Hello Dr. Dhir I have a friend who is getting a new job and is worried because she takes the medication Zoloft and we have readt that it can show up in a urinalysis as a benzodiazepines but she has her prescription for the zoloft so she can show the nurse

Zoloft (sertraline) and related: Medications are used by millions of people today. I don't agree that they are so widely used and prefer cognitive behavioral therapy but that's another matter. Your friend will likely have no problem because of how many folks are on Zoloft (sertraline). Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why do some people that take the same medication (like zoloft) have side effects and others do not?

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

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Why is Zoloft considered a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

Why is Zoloft considered a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

It's not, really: Zoloft is not really a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa. All 3 are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They differ a little in the particular receptor sites they affect -- zoloft may block norepinephrine re-uptake a little more than Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) do, but not nearly as potently as paroxetine, duloxetine, and some older tricyclics. ...Read more

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Can you get serotonin syndrome if you start taking 12.5 mg of zoloft and no other medications?

Can you get serotonin syndrome if you start taking 12.5 mg of zoloft and no other medications?

Unlikely but if you: Experience symptoms of excessive serotonin including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, confusion, restlessness, dilated pupils, headache, changes in blood pressure/body temperature, rapid heart rate, tremor, loss of muscle coordination, twitching muscles, shivering, goose bumps, or excessive sweating seek medical review. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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Can someone who cannot tolerate celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) tolerate zoloft? My dr said Zoloft is a stronger medication, but me wants to try.

Not stronger: Zoloft is not really stronger than Celexa or lexapro, (escitalopram) but they're not the same exact molecule. All 3 are ssri antidepressants. They differ a little in their activity with certain neuron receptors and reuptake of ne, for instance. If you need a medication from this class, it's worth trying zoloft very gradually. You might tolerate 1 more than the others. ...Read more

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I am having issues getting my perscription filled for Zoloft and my sleeping medication for about a week now and have been off them for 10 days. I call and leave messages as well as family members calling and leaving messages but they do not return the c

I am having issues getting my perscription filled for Zoloft and my sleeping medication for about a week now and have been off them for 10 days. I call and leave messages as well as family members calling and leaving messages but they do not return the c

Abandonment: This is not good medically, ethically and/or legally--you shouldn't have to go without medicines that were helping you--you may need to find a new psychiatrist--perhaps your family doc will refill your Meds until you get in with someone new. ...Read more

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Why should a doctor switch my medication from Zoloft to xanax (alprazolam)?

Why should a doctor switch my medication from Zoloft to xanax (alprazolam)?

Good question: To be addressed directly your doc. Personally, I have no idea: those two meds are different & are normally "switched" the other way around, from xanax (alprazolam) (benzo) to zoloft (ssri). If the doc's answer is still unclear, unsatisfactory or confusing, get a second opinion, your health is too important to be left in the fog. Best wishes. ...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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Concern about a friend: how common is in women to having manic episodes in self medication with zoloft (sertraline)? She's very impulsive and aggressive lately.

Concern about a friend: how common is in women to having manic episodes in self medication with zoloft (sertraline)? She's very impulsive and aggressive lately.

Can easily happen: No one with a psychiatric condition should self treat. Sertraline is for depression. It is not the primary treatment for bipolar disorder. It can in fact worsenbipolar disorder by increasing the frequency of the episodes, severity of mania, causing mixed mood states, or rapid cycling. As a friend, please pull her aside and tell her what you were noticing. Show her this reference if you need to and try to get her to a psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...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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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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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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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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My son is being weened off of Zoloft and starting Lexapro. He is taking 50 mg of Zoloft and is supposed to start 5 mg of Lexapro today. Can I give him both medications at the same time? He usually takes the Zoloft before bed and I was wondering if it is s

My son is being weened off of Zoloft and starting Lexapro. He is taking 50 mg of Zoloft and is supposed to start 5 mg of Lexapro today. Can I give him both medications at the same time? He usually takes the Zoloft before bed and I was wondering if it is s

Medicine changes: It will be fine to transition from one medication to another with an overlap time. You can overlap by removing the Zoloft over a two week time frame while adding the Lexapro (escitalopram) gradually or all at once. It takes several days for the Lexapro (escitalopram) to gear up in the body. Monitor him for tiredness, mood changes and sleep changes. These will go away after the total switch. ...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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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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Could this be due to the medication I was taking or something else, how do I get through this? Fight through it or rest? I was taking Zoloft for just over 2 weeks, it triggered something in me that brought back my belemia issues. With that I had a panic

I: I am so glad that you wrote in with this question. Please get in touch with your doctor right away. I can not diagnose you. However a couple of things may have happened that might be associated with the zoloft (sertraline). I don't know what the zoloft (sertraline) is being prescribed for or what your mental and or medical history is. I also don't know how high your dose is. I am concerned by your description of taking medication and developing sped up speech and highs and lows. Your sped up speech and panic may be due to anxiety. There is also a possibility that taking the zoloft (sertraline) could have triggered hypomania or mania. Symptoms of mania or hypomania could include either elation or agitation, racing thoughts, thoughts shifting rapidly from one subject to another, confusion, a decreased need for sleep, talking more or talking faster, taking risks that aren't normal for you and a really high energy level. If this has occured, it can be serious.
On the other hand, sometimes zoloft (sertraline) and the class of drugs called serotonin reuptake inhibitors can lead a person to feel nervous, and restless. You may get a headache or be more tense. You might experience loose bowel movements. Your body and my mind can also reacte negatively if a medication is abruptly stopped.
Ok, my biggest worry is your statement "i need to continue with life but am so exhausted and feel like I cant." if you are having thoughts of taking your life, it is imperative that you get emergency assistance. If you have a plan of how you could kill yourself and an urge to carry it out, you need to be seen at the emergency room right away. Call 911 if you need to.
The long and short of it, - get help now. You are worth it. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,048 Doctors shared insights

Zoloft (Definition)

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