Going to the doctor about my antidepressants tomorrow... What ones should I suggest? Zoloft (sertraline) isn't helping.
Ran out space. Your doctor will present you with options. It is important to determine if you are on an adequate dose of zoloft and if the trial period has been adequate. Zoloft s a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor - it is excellent for anxiety, ptsd & typical depression. If the symptoms are more along the line of seasonal depression - wellbutrin can be very effecive. Paxil & Effexor (venlafaxine) are often sedating.
Too many. This is a complicated decision which requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. Your doctor will suggest one for you. Almost all antidepressants have the same efficacy. Sertraline and escitalopram may be slightly better than others but there are a lot of other considerations including cost and side effects.
Zoloft (sertraline) If an ssri like zoloft did not work, other groups of antidepressants can be tried such as snris, wellbutrin, (bupropion) remeron, trazodone.
I have GAD. My doctor prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) which I know is an antidepressant. I don't have depression. Is Zoloft (sertraline) good for GAD?
Yes. Your doctor. May start with a low dose like 12.5 mg. & slowly titrate up to an optimal dose to avoid initial " activation" or worsening of symptoms. Children, teens & young adults who take Zoloft (sertraline) & similar medications called SSRI's need to have Cognitive Behavioral Therapy regularly. Anxiety & depression exist along a continuum. SSRI's can increase suicidal ideation, thinking about suicide, in this age range.
Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. Has been shown to be effective in teens, adults and older kids. It is used for both social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. It may take a couple of weeks before the full effect is experienced. 12.5 mg is a common starting dose. You'll want to follow up with the prescribing physician after a couple of weeks to discuss your response and to maybe adjust the dose.