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My girlfriend is clinically depressed and currently on zoloft (sertraline). She wants to smoke pot..Side efcts?
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Dr. Gerald Bausek
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bad idea
Mixing antidepressant medication with smoking marijuana is a bad idea but unfortunately all to common.
The effects are unpredictable and highly individually variable. It may increase depression, render the medication ineffective, cause paranoia, increased mood swings, irritability. Don't join her in smoking pot and encourage her to ask her doctor about it.

In brief: Bad idea
Mixing antidepressant medication with smoking marijuana is a bad idea but unfortunately all to common.
The effects are unpredictable and highly individually variable. It may increase depression, render the medication ineffective, cause paranoia, increased mood swings, irritability. Don't join her in smoking pot and encourage her to ask her doctor about it.
Dr. Gerald Bausek
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Whoa.
Weed is definitely associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms.
Patients with depression don't need that increased risk. Many depressed patients have anxiety disorder as well. Sometimes smoking makes them chill and feel better. However, in the long run this is dangerous. It's best to have your gf discuss this with her doctor and seek additional proper treatment.

In brief: Whoa.
Weed is definitely associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms.
Patients with depression don't need that increased risk. Many depressed patients have anxiety disorder as well. Sometimes smoking makes them chill and feel better. However, in the long run this is dangerous. It's best to have your gf discuss this with her doctor and seek additional proper treatment.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Emmett Miller
this would be risky behavior. There are certainly people who take Zoloft and smoke and get away with it, but there are people who drive at 120 mph and get away with it. Since depression is often a very dangerous illness, leading to withdrawal, suicide, etc. - and since pot can trigger anxiety and depression as side effects, this is not a wise move. thereareother medications that can augment Zoloft
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