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Im taking Zoloft (generic). They just upped my dose to 150mg from 100. I tried to do some research before coming here, is Zoloft really a placebo?

Im taking Zoloft (generic). They just upped my dose to 150mg from 100. I tried to do some research before coming here, is Zoloft really a placebo?

Zoloft placebo?: No, absolutely not. Sertraline (Zoloft) is a front line medication for depression and anxiety and almost universally accepted as a medication for treatment of those disorders. I have found that some people might experience improvements quickly while others take months after dose changes. Don't let anyone tell you that it is a placebo. Great question. ...Read more

Placebo (Definition)

Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component ...Read more


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What is zoloft (sertraline)? What is it used for?

What is zoloft (sertraline)? What is it used for?

Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. it is is FDA approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more

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Is it okay if i took 300 Zoloft (sertraline) instead of 150?

Zoloft (sertraline) dose: Although zoloft (sertraline) may be prescribed at an off-label dose of 300mg per day that would only be under psychiatrist / physician supervision and if there was not adequate response to a lower dose. DON'T change medication doses on your own. ...Read more

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How difficult is quitting ssri's/zoloft?

How difficult is quitting ssri's/zoloft?

Taper: As long as one tapers off under medical supervision it is usually tolerable. Tapering too fast or stopping cold turkey can lead to serotonin discontinuation syndrome. Paxil (paroxetine) is one of the more difficult to take off. Most people do fine with a taper. Take care. ...Read more

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Will Zoloft (sertraline) help me sleep?

Will Zoloft (sertraline) help me sleep?

No: At least in my clinical experience it is rarely if ever sedating. Having said that however, once it takes care of your anxiety or depression then your sleep may normalize. It is simply not a sedative hypnotic medication that can be used as needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

No, it isn't: Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. Benzodiazapines on the other hand, enhance effect of gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg treat ocd?

Possibly: Zoloft (sertraline) can be used to treat ocd. 50-200 mgs daily is the recommended dosing. Some may require more. Can take up to 12 weeks to see the full effect. Always discuss dosing with the prescribing phsyician and remember cbt for OCD is extremely helpful alone or in combination with medications such as zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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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Zoloft (Definition)

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