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Is there a decongestant for nose & cough that I can give my 11 year old son? His weight is 105 pounds and he takes 50mg of Zoloft & 2mg of Abilify (aripiprazole).

Is there a decongestant for nose & cough that I can give my 11 year old son?  His weight is 105 pounds and he takes 50mg of Zoloft & 2mg of Abilify (aripiprazole).

Colds: You can trial any OTC tussin DM product you like to see if they will help his symptoms - it is really variable on how much they help. You can also use warm fluids with honey to help soothe his cough. Cough is a protective function so suppressing it aggressively is counter-productive. Saline nasal spray to aid in thinning the secretions in his nose and sinuses is also worth trying. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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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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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Can you mix Zoloft (sertraline) and weight loss pills?

Can you mix Zoloft (sertraline) and weight loss pills?

Zoloft (sertraline): I would not recommend that, due to excess stimulation effect (agitation, anxiety, etc.). ...Read more

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How effectively does Zoloft (sertraline) work for anxiety, insomnia and does it cause weight loss?

How effectively does Zoloft (sertraline) work for anxiety, insomnia and does it cause weight loss?

Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) can be very effective for treating anxiety. Insomnia can occur occassionally as a side effect. When that happens, i usually recommend that it be taken in the morning. It can cause weight loss or gain (but weight gain is more common). ...Read more

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What is your opinion on the hCG injections or drops for weight loss. I am taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50 milligrams and have gained 30 pounds in three years.?

What is your opinion on the hCG injections or  drops for weight loss. I am taking Zoloft (sertraline)  50 milligrams and have gained 30 pounds in three years.?

Not good for long te: Not good for long term, it is difficult to maintain weight loss with such severe caloric restriction, a lot of people lose weight and regain it, if you are able to maintain it , can be a good tool. ...Read more

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Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta (duloxetine)... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Im now taking Zoloft 100mg cymbalta (duloxetine) 30mg  for 2wks then i will stop Zoloft and just take cymbalta (duloxetine)... Will this cause weight loss or gain?

Generally: Some medications dont exactly cause weight gain but if you feel depressed sometimes you dont eat so when you take an antidepressant and start feeling better your appetite comes back and you end up gaining weight. This doesnt always happen but some people treat the weight gain as causal to the medication when in fact its due to improved mood which leads to improved appetite. Just watch what you eat. ...Read more

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I've been on lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 7 yrs for anxiety & gained 40lbs from it. I'm about to switch to Zoloft 25mg. Side effects from switching? Weight loss?

I've been on lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 7 yrs for anxiety & gained 40lbs from it. I'm about to switch to Zoloft 25mg. Side effects from switching? Weight loss?

Cross titration: Zoloft and Lexapro (escitalopram) are both metabolized by the same pathway. As such, a cross titration is usually recommended to avoid any adverse effects. As a side note, that's a pretty low dose of Zoloft -- so you might not achieve an adequate response. If this happens, don't hesitate to increase the dose (with your doctor of course). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I take 150mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) & 50mg of Zoloft per day. Is it safe for me to take Belvique for weight loss along with these anti depressants?

I take 150mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) & 50mg of Zoloft per day. Is it safe for me to take Belvique for weight loss along with these anti depressants?

Talk to your doctor : This combination of medication along with Belviq (lorcaserin) may not be safe for you. It may place you at higher risk of developing Serotonin Syndrome which is a potentially fatal side effect of medications with serotonergic activity. I would avoid its use. It is best to discuss with your doctor. If this medication is prescribed, your doctor will want to monitor you closely. ...Read more

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I am on 250mg of Synthroid (thyroxine) and 100mg of zoloft. I am also overweight. Is there a medicine that can be prescribed to help with weight loss.

I am on 250mg of Synthroid (thyroxine) and 100mg of zoloft.  I am also overweight.  Is there a medicine that can be prescribed to help with weight loss.

Yes: There are many prescription drugs available to help w/weight loss but none are w/o potential side effects.Taking medication w/o healthy nutrition & regular exercise won't work. In fact, most drugs only offer a few kgs more weight loss compared to placebo. Ask your doc about orlistat, phentermine, sibutramine & recently approved Qsymia & belviq (lorcaserin). ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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