Why is Zoloft considered a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa?

It's not, really. Zoloft is not really a "stronger" medication than Lexapro (escitalopram) or celexa. All 3 are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They differ a little in the particular receptor sites they affect -- zoloft may block norepinephrine re-uptake a little more than Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) do, but not nearly as potently as paroxetine, duloxetine, and some older tricyclics.
Anti-Depressants. It is not a 'stronger' medication. It is of the same class and is a 'cousin' to Lexapro (escitalopram) and celexa. Most of us in medicine try to avoid such descriptive terms as 'stronger' 'better' or 'good' or 'bad' when discussing medications. One medication may be safer or 'more effective' than another in any given patient. But, this question that you have asked before, has no correct answer.

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Can someone who cannot tolerate celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram) tolerate zoloft? My dr said Zoloft is a stronger medication, but me wants to try.

Mental Health Pills. The language we use can be confusing in medicine. Calling a drug 'stronger' is not often the same thing in our minds as it is in the general public's mind. Zoloft is of the same class of medications as Celexa and lexapro (escitalopram). It is very safe and is very often a first line drug for use in depression, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive disorder.
Not stronger. Zoloft is not really stronger than Celexa or lexapro, (escitalopram) but they're not the same exact molecule. All 3 are ssri antidepressants. They differ a little in their activity with certain neuron receptors and reuptake of ne, for instance. If you need a medication from this class, it's worth trying zoloft very gradually. You might tolerate 1 more than the others.

Which medication is best for anxiety and mood swings. I am currently on 40mg of Celexa which no longer works for me. Zolft and Lexapro (escitalopram) also do not wor?

Psychology. I would suggest a psychological evaluation and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) as well as RET (rational emotive therapy). Please read "The Relaxation Response" by Herbert Benson, M.D.

I have been diagnosed with gad & have tried zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) citalopram and remeron all to no avail. Would gabapentin be a good choice?

Probably not. In my experience, I have not seen Gabapentin to be useful in treating anxiety. Makes sure that your diagnosis is correct, and that you have been taking full, therapeutic doses of the medications you have been taking. You may need a combination of medications, such as the addition of an antipsychotic. Lastly, consider a second opinion with a different psychiatrist.

28yo fem w/ depression, anxiety. Zoloft for ~10 yrs, 50mg then 75. Added welbutrin. Zoloft quit helping, tried lexapro (escitalopram). Big weight gain. Rec new drug?

Antidepressants best. Another antidepressant, possibly snri like Effexor (venlafaxine) may be more helpful at this time. Add ons such as gaba- calm and natural anxiety aids can help. They do cause weight gain usually. Therapy is always an important treatment modality for depression and anxiety, don't think it is not helpful!
See ur psychiatrist. Your zoloft dose is modest. Have you tried increasing the dose before adding wellbutrin (bupropion)? What are the doses of wellbutrin (bupropion) and lexapro? If you are concerned about weight gain and if wellbutrin (bupropion) works, ditch zoloft and Lexapro but the dose of wellbutrin (bupropion) has to be adequate for it to work. Discuss this with your psychiatrist.

Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?

Both Potentially. Lexapro (escitalopram) and zoloft are similar medications and have both been shown to be helpful for panic, anxiety, and depression. There is probably a decreased percentage of side effects with lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) so it might be preferable for that reason. However, plenty of people do well with either medicine, and I have had some patients do well with zoloft after not getting benefit with lexapro (escitalopram).
Nortriptyline. My drug of choice for panic attacks is called nortriptyline. It is an older medication. Many physicians who received their training after the first ssri-prozac came out in the late 80s, are not as comfortable or as familiar with prescribing it. I have used it extensively. It, like all medications, is not for everyone and it does have side-effects. It is usually well tolerated at 25 mgs at bedtime.
Panic Tx. All ssris are first line tx for panic/depression, the difference is in tolerability & individual variations, so there really is no 1 best med.
SSRI or SNRI. If you asked 10 doc's, you'd probably get 10 different answers. Any ssri, like zoloft or Lexapro would be good options. I personally choose Paxil tapering up to 40 mg or more or (snri) Effexor (venlafaxine) xr 150 mg to max of 300 mg. They have tended to work best for severe anxiety, but they are not always tolerated well because of nausea, sedation, BP or weight gain. Get a good detail from your practioner.

What is the difference between Zoloft and lexapro (escitalopram)?

Not much. Both are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or ssris, a fancy way of saying they help your brain hold onto and use more of the serotonin it has. Serotonin is one of the chemicals in your body related to happy things, like food, sex, and sleep (which is why the side effects often affect these issues). Celexa, prozac, Paxil (paroxetine) are also in class. Diff comes in personal brain chemistry + med.
Zoloft/alexia pro. Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant that is activating (it tends to give you more energy). Lex apron is an antidepressant that has a more calming effect.