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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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Does a glass of red wine then beer prevent Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) from working? Is it bad?

Does a glass of red wine then beer prevent Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) from working? Is it bad?

Abusing drugs: You are on stimulant and anti-depression medications and want to take a drug that is a sedative and a depressant? You are not to be drinking on your medications. ...Read more

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Is 1 beer considered alcohol? Is drinking 1 beer (4% or 5%), with Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & fish oil bad? Does 1 beer only affect my meds effectivity?

Is 1 beer considered alcohol? Is drinking 1 beer (4% or 5%), with Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & fish oil bad? Does 1 beer only affect my meds effectivity?

1 beer is alcohol: There are non-alcoholic beers but if your question is whether a beer containing alcohol is considered an alcoholic beverage then, the answer is yes. It is generally a rule of pharmacology that alcohol and medication should not be combined in the same body. The presence of alcohol can alter the way drugs are metabolized meaning they either make drugs less effective or more dangerous. ...Read more

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Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when I'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...)?

Which nasal decongestant medication can be used safely when I'm on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine) & efalex 50+ active (omega 3...)?

Possible help: You may want to try a stimulant instead of strattera. May also try lower dose of zoloft or get off this if your not depressed or anxious. You can also use a combo strattera with a stumulant (vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is very effective but only last about 12 hours. Nasal saline is very helpful. ...Read more

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My 10 yr old son has ADHD and recently developed ocd. He is on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine). Will the daytrana patch make his OCD worse. Strattera (atomoxetine) isn't working?

My 10 yr old son has ADHD and recently developed ocd. He is on Zoloft & strattera (atomoxetine). Will the daytrana patch make his OCD worse. Strattera (atomoxetine) isn't working?

Possibly: Stimulant medications whether methylphenidate (daytrana, Ritalin, concerta) or amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse) can make anxiety worse. For some people, symptoms of ADHD are actually caused by anxiety. Speak to your son's doctor about medications like Wellbutrin (bupropion) or Amantadine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use tonimer balsamic gel (nasal spray decongestant) if taking zoloft, strattera, (atomoxetine) omega 3 & ginko biloba?

Is it safe to use tonimer balsamic gel (nasal spray decongestant) if taking zoloft, strattera, (atomoxetine) omega 3 & ginko biloba?

No but: I don't know anything about balsamic gel and presume that it contains vinegar which may irritate your nasal membrane. As for the other medications or supplements, it would be highly unlikely that they interact with anything you use on your nose. ...Read more

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Which cold and flu meds are safe to use with Zoloft and strattera (atomoxetine) and fish oil (efalex 50+ active)?

Which cold and flu meds are safe to use with Zoloft and strattera (atomoxetine) and fish oil (efalex 50+ active)?

Some to avoid: Claritin loratiadine), Allegra (fexofenadine), vist;ril, Atarax (hyrdroxyzine pamoate) has some benefit with zoloft (sertraline) ; strattera; tesalon perels are safe, dextromethorpah, and guaifensin (robitussin) are safe.
Avoid: chorpheniramin, ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine ; dexchorpheniramine--can cause rapid heart and hypertension! ...Read more

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Taking Zoloft 150mg and strattera (atomoxetine) 60mg. What is safe to take for head/chest congestion, cough, fever, and body aches?

Taking Zoloft 150mg and strattera (atomoxetine) 60mg. What is safe to take for head/chest congestion, cough, fever, and body aches?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) is pretty safe. Another suggestion is to call the doctor who already knows more about you for the best discussion of your options. Maybe you have an infection and could benefit from an antibiotic? Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of taking strattera (atomoxetine) 40mg and Zoloft 100mg together?

Are there any side effects of taking strattera (atomoxetine) 40mg and Zoloft 100mg together?

Consult prescriber: Sertraline (zoloft) may increase blood levels & effects of atomoxetine (strattera). This can increase side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. ...Read more

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What should I avoid when on strattera (atomoxetine) and Zoloft? Is there any kind of food which may prevent its effectivity?

What should I avoid when on strattera (atomoxetine) and Zoloft? Is there any kind of food which may prevent its effectivity?

Strattera/Zoloft: I don't know of any foods that reduce efficacy of either zoloft or strattera (atomoxetine). Taking the medications with food may be helpful, though, to decrease stomach upset. Alcohol should be avoided. You should not take another kind of drug, called an maoi, with zoloft. Take these medications regularly as prescribed, and never stop taking them suddenly. Let me know if you have other questions. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use creatine to build muscle if I am taking strattera (atomoxetine) and zoloft?

Is it ok to use creatine to build muscle if I am taking strattera (atomoxetine) and zoloft?

Should be OK: There shouldn't be a problem with this combination. However there is no testing done on supplements like creatine and no formal way of tracking potential interactions with prescribed drugs so answers to these kind of questions mean that there aren't enough problems that there are reports in the medical literature. ...Read more

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Should I just stop taking strattera (atomoxetine) and switch back to Zoloft I feel more anxiuos than ever and can't sleep & istart college in 5 days please help!

Should I just stop taking strattera (atomoxetine) and switch back to Zoloft I feel more anxiuos than ever and can't sleep & istart college in 5 days please help!

Don't: Don't make medication adjustments on your own. Discuss the side effects you are having with your physician and follow his recommendations. If you are having a side effect of a medicine then stop it but do it under the supervision of your physician. Call his office asap. ...Read more

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What is the highest safe dose of Zoloft which can a doctor prescribe for a fast metabolizer person taking 120 mg strattera (atomoxetine) and fish oil? 200 mg?

What is the highest safe dose of Zoloft which can a doctor prescribe for a fast metabolizer person taking 120 mg strattera (atomoxetine) and fish oil? 200 mg?

Strattera (atomoxetine) and Zoloft: The primary issue is that zoloft raises blood levels of strattera (atomoxetine) in rapid metabolizers, increasing the strattera (atomoxetine) 3-4 fold in the blood stream. Therefore I would say that 300-400 mg of zoloft is reasonable, but the dose of strattera (atomoxetine) should probably be 18 mg per day to 25 mg per day max. Best wishes. Also see options at:
www. Ocfoundation. Org/glutamate. Aspx
the international ocd foundation (iocdf). ...Read more

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I didn't take my night dose of Zoloft (sertraline) & strattera! What can happen? I already didn't see benefit on meds. Will this missed dose affect its effectivity?

Not a Problem: Skipping a day in taking these medications will not be a problem. Just take your next scheduled dose. The effectiveness for both drugs will depend on amount of drug and the time it is in the system. Both depend on time to know if they will be effective. Give 4 weeks for both, then ask your doctor if should increase the doses. ...Read more

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Would Strattera work for my ADHD? Effexor (venlafaxine) made my anxiety worse. Also have MDD and GAD. Taking Ritalin and Zoloft. Ritalin causing GAD to b worse

Possibly: Strattera (atomoxetine)'s mode of action is like that of the tricyclic antidepressants. As a result it might have a positive effect on anxiety. It might make your inattentiveness better, especially if the anxiety is contributing.

Speak to your doctor about Strattera (atomoxetine) and stopping Ritalin if it is making your anxiety symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ritalin and strattera and Zoloft and wellbutrin (bupropion) and omega 3 with ginko biloba together?

Is it safe to take ritalin and strattera and Zoloft and wellbutrin (bupropion) and omega 3 with ginko biloba together?

Polypharmacy: Two stimulants + two antidepressants + two supplements is a lot of chemical! A physician and/or pharmacist should review this regimen and the doses. Ginko can enhance the effects of some antidepressants so dose modification may be in order. Many of these products are metabolized by the liver, so monitoring of your liver functions would be wise. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: strattera (atomoxetine)?

Please describe the medication: strattera (atomoxetine)?

See below: Strattera (atomoxetine) (amoxetine) is an approved medication treatment for childhood and adult adhd. In contrast to the variety of available stimulants (which are scheduled/controlled medications with habit forming potential), strattera (atomoxetine) is not a controlled substance nor does it have habit forming potential. Its onset of efficacy (for adhd) is delayed (weeks) as compared to stimulants (eg ritalin, etc). ...Read more

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What should I do if I overdosed on strattera (atomoxetine)?

What should I do if I overdosed on strattera (atomoxetine)?

Overdose: For a significant strattera (atomoxetine) overdose call 911 so you can be transported to the nearest emergency room. Possible tx options include gastric lavage, intravenous fluids ; monitoring pulmonary and cardiac function. ...Read more

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Can strattera (atomoxetine) be abused?

Can strattera (atomoxetine) be abused?

Strattera (atomoxetine): Not unheard of, due to sedation & effect on weight. ...Read more

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What could happen if you drink while on strattera (atomoxetine)?

I was unable to: Find any specific drug interactions between alcohol ; strattera (atomoxetine) using a drug interaction checker. ...Read more

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Is it ok that I skipped a period on strattera (atomoxetine)?

Is it ok that I skipped a period on strattera (atomoxetine)?

Not harmful, but...: Atomoxetine is not a stimulant & does not work instantly. It can take several weeks at the correct dose before one notices benefit, and that benefit will diminish and eventually disappear if you are off long enough. Generally, barring unacceptable side effects, this medication is prescribed daily, even over the summer and definitely over school holidays. But, it's not dangerous to miss a dose. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

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Strattera (Definition)

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