What are the withdrawal effects of Zoloft?
I've been feeling dizzy, I get hot and cold flashes, And alcohol has been having a stronger effect on me
Asked by Gale Los 4 months ago.
Zoloft Withdrawal The symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal are in many cases worse than the side effects. Zoloft belongs to a category of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) that are used primarily to treat depression, and which can cause severe withdrawal once the patient stops taking them. The symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal are the same as for many SSRIs, although generally not so bad as those for Paxil withdrawal. Zoloft withdrawal can cause jolting electric "zaps", dizziness, motor instability, extreme nausea, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, aggression, nightmares, tremor, seizures, and confusion. In some persons, Zoloft withdrawal has become so painful that it lead them to commit suicide rather than face the agony any longer. The reason that Zoloft withdrawal is worse than that of many SSRIs is that Zoloft has a relatively short half-life, meaning that the drug does not remain in the body for very long after the patient ceases to take it. Zoloft withdrawal can begin as soon as the day after a patient ceases to take the drug, and in some cases, severe Zoloft withdrawal occurs when the patient merely decreases the dosage. The public only became aware of the reality of Zoloft withdrawal within the past few years, and there are indications that drug manufacturers were aware of the possibility of Zoloft withdrawal, as well as withdrawal problems for other SSRIs, but omitted that information from drug packaging and instructions to physicians. Because Zoloft withdrawal was not appropriately understood for so long, doctors and patients sometimes thing that the symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal are actually signs of regression, and resume use of the drug, or begin treatment with an alternate SSRI rather than allowing the Zoloft withdrawal to run its course. If you or a loved one has had to undergo Zoloft withdrawal, then you know how painful the symptoms can be. Patients who are currently taking Zoloft may wish to discontinue its use in order to reduce the potential symptoms of Zoloft withdrawal, rather than waiting until the body has become even more addicted. Under no circumstances should patients taking Zoloft discontinue or scale back its use without consulting a physician. Patients who have endured Zoloft withdrawal may be entitled to financial compensation from the drug's manufacturers and distributors. To learn more about lawsuits relating to Zoloft withdrawal, you may wish to contact an attorney who represents clients affected by Zoloft withdrawal. Answered by Kortney Yerke 4 months ago.
hullo zoloft as other SSRI drugs, should be taperd off gradually to prevent the withdrawal effects, which is in most the re emergince of depressive sign and symptoms. you should have been avoiding alcohol with zoloft for it might lead to synergistic behavior. dr solo Answered by Deonna Sthilaire 4 months ago.
I have been taking 200 mgs. of Zoloft since 1994 give or take the exact number of mgs. since i first started taking the drug. What can I take in place of it when trying to get off of it e.g. herbs, medicinal foods, etc. Answered by Shonta Chrestman 4 months ago.
It'll really help the symptoms if you constantly tell yourself you have NO symptoms. The wd is all in our heads, so it's just mind over matter. I stopped Lexapro cold turkey and felt no side effects because I kept telling myself there were none. You have to be very strong minded, of course. I also started taking another anti-depressant recently and have had no side effects, because I also constantly tell myself there are none. Works like a charm. Answered by Sherise Mcenany 4 months ago.
i am on it for anxiety i got hot flashes at inopportune moments its mainly the physical symptoms as to why im on it
Asked by Jasper Risha 4 months ago.
been of zoloft for 7 years. Zoloft does affect people differently, and it also depends on your doseage. For me zoloft has a stimulant type affect. I feel more energetic when i am on it, a I wake up quick in the morning. the most common problems i have is insomnia,sexual side effects,drymouth,and occasional stomach pains and nausea(mostly in the morning). If you are on a lower dose of zoloft you may not have these problems though. Overall zoloft takes the edge off problems, but your anxiety probably will not go away completely. You will find yourself more positive and look at things in a glass if have full kind of way. One important word of advice that I can give you with zoloft is not to take it unless you feel you can take it for a long period of time. Zoloft is a very had drug to come off of, and can make your problem worse if you try to come off it, or get off of it without weening yourself off of it. After taking it for 7 years I have noticed some memory loss, and a foggy head when I wake up in the morning. I would be very careful to not let your doctor raise it to much because it will be much harder to come off of (nearly impossible) the doctor will probably try to raise it even though your are doing ok, but I found out that the more he raises it the harder it is to come off of it and the more side effects it has. Overall zoloft has helped, but there is alot of effects zoloft has that i dont like, be careful zoloft is pretty powerful and if you forget to take it I experience flu like symptoms and funny sensations in my head. I hope your anxiety get much better, life is to short to live stressed. Good Luck!!! took zoloft since i was 13 Answered by Ileana Hayertz 4 months ago.
I don't know why you were put on generic Zoloft, but it is used for depression. It can also calm anger and suicidal thoughts. (if you do have increased suicidal thoughts, you must get help). You should not gain any weight. I have not found this to be a problem with my patients. At your age, it is very hard. Sometimes you might need a little help to cope. I hope Zoloft helps. You really should not feel it. You might notice that you start to look at things a little different. Instead of looking only at the negative, you might start seeing things in a brighter light. This does not mean you will take it forever. It is prob rx'd to you just while you are going through your toughest teenage years. Good Luck!!! Answered by Emmanuel Fairbanks 4 months ago.
I take a generic version also called Sertraline(I guess that's the name-lol) I started taking it in early December for the same reason. I noticed being really tired in the first 4 weeks.But after that(about 7 weeks) I felt better,actually more happy and not a lot,but a little more outgoing. But then about a month ago,I felt completly like I had before Zoloft.Terrible.They upped my dose to 100 mg when it was 50.I feel good again. According to the website,it doesnt make you gain weight.I havent noticed a weight gain in myself,but make sure you excercise and have fun doing it. Good luck,it's a weird med,but it should do you good :) Answered by Laurena Stainbrook 4 months ago.
It does the same thing as Zoloft..Sertraline is just not name brand..but it is the same exact thing. Well..you should be taking it for depression or bipolar disorder but it should release more of the chemical serotonin which should make you happier. I sweated my butt off when I took it. Answered by Reed Corrow 4 months ago.
ive been taking in for about five months. ive switch from zoloft to the generic teva, and then to the generic greenstone. my doctor says its a better brand. it doesnt have any negative side affects for me, it really helps. btw, im 17 and taking it for anxiety/panic. sorry you have to deal with it so young, it sucks. oh, and for the first few weeks, i was out of it. it takes time to adjust. i think its like three to four weeks for it to build up in your blood stream. i used to be so shy around people, but now, its like im fearless. best drug ever ;) Answered by Rhett Facchine 4 months ago.
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Its a Great med Answered by Neva Arden 4 months ago.
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Anyone pregnant and taking Zoloft?
I am 32wks pregnant and got prescribed Zoloft today for my depression. Zoloft is a category C for pregnancy because it could cause pulmonary harm to baby after 20wks in pregnancy. I was just wondering if there is anyone else who is on it and pregnant?? And if so, have you found anything wrong with baby because of it??
Asked by Pete Burlile 4 months ago.
Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that Zoloft could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. This is especially true during the third trimester of pregnancy. Zoloft and Pregnancy Category C The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C refers to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals automatically are given a pregnancy Category C rating. Even if a drug does appear to have adverse effects in animal fetuses, it's important to remember that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a healthcare provider may still prescribe a pregnancy Category C medicine to a pregnant woman if he or she believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child. Zoloft and Pregnancy: Third Trimester Concerns There have been reports of fetuses being exposed to Zoloft during the third trimester of pregnancy developing complications that require hospitalization, respiratory support, and/or tube feeding. These newborns experienced a number of symptoms, including: •Difficulty breathing •Seizures •Lack of oxygen in the blood •Feeding difficulties •Tremors •Irritability •Constant crying. Also, babies exposed to Zoloft late during pregnancy are at increased risk for developing persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is associated with significant complications and even death. Women who take SSRIs, including Zoloft, after week 20 of pregnancy have a six-fold increase of delivering a baby with PPHN. Zoloft and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts If you are pregnant (or are thinking of becoming pregnant) while taking Zoloft, let your healthcare provider know. Your healthcare provider will consider both the benefits and risks of taking Zoloft during pregnancy before making a recommendation. It is possible he or she may recommend reducing your Zoloft dosage, or weaning you off Zoloft during the third trimester of pregnancy. Answered by Shawnee Bobadilla 4 months ago.
DO NOT take Zoloft while pregnant!! Get a second opinion! My doctor tells me every time I go for sessions that I need two forms of birth control while on it and to stop taking it if I'm even thinking of having a child. He even called me one day and left a 2 minute message on my machine about alternate forms of contraception (because I don't take birth control pills). I've been on two other antidepressants and have never heard this warning before. Apparently it's been linked to some really nasty defects. Please ask another health care professional. Answered by Kali Kotlowski 4 months ago.
I was on a different anti depressant (Paxil) when I was pregnant with my first, and what my midwife tried to do was give me two options either ween me off of it or transfer to a all natural anti depressant which was safe for the baby (and they have those). While I chose the first option I think you should talk to your doctor about switching you to something more healthy and natural for both you and baby. I am sure they will not mind. Good luck Answered by Ewa Saade 4 months ago.
i was told not to even touch the stuff while pregnant. i used to take zoloft (while not pregnant) and was very careful not to get pregnant while on it. if there is ANYTHING else you can do or take, i would go that route. no anti depressants for me while pregnant! Answered by Elmo Gardenhire 4 months ago.
I would never take psychiatric medication while pregnant! I'd try to wait until after the baby is born if at all possible!! Answered by Verdell Bonaparte 4 months ago.
Seems like: find a new doctor. Answered by Adela Swary 4 months ago.
Zoloft decreases sex drive?
I can't ejaculate while taking zoloft. does this happen to everyone and will this always happen while i take it?
Asked by Clyde Noya 4 months ago.
Zoloft is a anti depressant:they tend to make you lose your sex drive.It can be a temporary thing,but it can get worse as well:no more erections can occur. Talk to your Dr about it,before it gets to late to reverse this.There are milder anti depressants that do not have this effect. Space Body System/Adverse Event** ZOLOFT (N=2799) Placebo (N=2394) Autonomic Nervous System Disorders Ejaculation Failure(1) 14 1 Mouth Dry 14 8 Sweating Increased 7 2 Center. & Periph. Nerv. System Disorders Somnolence 13 7 Dizziness 12 7 Headache 25 23 Paresthesia 2 1 Tremor 8 2 Disorders of Skin and Appendages Rash 3 2 Gastrointestinal Disorders Anorexia 6 2 Constipation 6 4 Diarrhea/Loose Stools 20 10 Dyspepsia 8 4 Nausea 25 11 Vomiting 4 2 General Fatigue 12 7 Psychiatric Disorders Agitation 5 3 Anxiety 4 3 Insomnia 21 11 Libido Decreased 6 2 Nervousness 5 4 Special Senses Vision Abnormal 3 2 (1)Primarily ejaculatory delay. Denominator used was for male patients only (N=1118 ZOLOFT; N=926 placebo). *Major depressive disorder and other premarketing controlled trials. **Included are events reported by at least 2% of patients taking ZOLOFT except the following events, which had an incidence on placebo greater than or equal to ZOLOFT: abdominal pain, back pain, flatulence, malaise, pain, pharyngitis, respiratory disorder, upper respiratory tract infection. Just some facts you can read in the article Gave you the link Answered by Katharyn Sollers 4 months ago.
Yes. This is the most common side effect of this category of antidepressant/anxiety medications. Talk to your prescriber for ways to address this problem or if a different medication can treat your symptoms without this side effect. Ask about alternatives like Wellbutrin and nefazodone but be sure to discuss with your provider first to see if these alternatives would be appropriate for you. Answered by Bernardine Hardung 4 months ago.
ssri do that, get off them, and fix ur diet vegetables fruit and meat some nuts no grains Answered by Shantelle Schweiss 4 months ago.
Does Zoloft work for you?
My Dr just prescribed me zoloft and I wanted to know how has it worked for others. Thanks
Asked by Dede Vandezande 4 months ago.
**Ive been on zoloft for almost 4 years now! It's proven for many, many, years now to be by percentage rate, the most likely to work effectively with minor to zero negative side effects. Zoloft or Sertraline Hcl is it's formulary name, belongs to a category of anti-depressants which work similarly called, SSRI's. SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. The drug basically works with the happy chemicals our brain produce and causes those natural chemicals to recycle through the emotional part of the brain which is not only good to help people cope with stressful circumstances but also sort of causes moods to plateau. You're less likely to go from one extreme to the other while taking zoloft regularly. In some cases, physicians prescribe zoloft as an anti-anxiety medication. The thing you should know is that you must be patient with this drug. You may go up to 21 days without noticing a single difference, but once you do notice.. the positive response only builds stronger each day until it meets full momentum. In my experience it definitely caused my apetite to plunge and I lose weight. Of those who claim the opposite happens to them I must blame their difference on them increasing the amounts they eat just because they are happy... so that being said, it's psychological. Someone who would want to lose weight could now have added help because your appetite will almost be non-existent. I have no erectile dysfunction... but on Zoloft, my penis still gets hard like it should and when it should but most nights I bring my partner to orgasm buy I can't have one. It's something to do with the fact that your body is already having a high concentration of all those happy, positive feelings.. that it makes it more difficult for me to breach the happiness of the brain with a very short, yet far better feeling with a sexual orgasm. Someone can translate that into scientific terms if they want... but thats what happens. So I'd call the decreased appetite a positive effect, the near impossible orgasm is a pretty big sacrifice... but I still do succeed every now and then, and the last side effect that I experience is only mild. Of course, I'd classify all of these as mild. I'm a 30 yr old who urinates in segments like men with prostate problems do in their 60s. It's aggravating. But I can say that none of these things cause any long term affects because I've came off zoloft 2 times and had balance restored both sexually and in urination, almost instantly.... with a "Hungry as a Hippo" crave. lol Zoloft has been around a long time cause it works. It uses a simple science to achieve what it does... and that usually means less chance of further altercations in the future. And take it in it's generic formulary form, Sertraline as I do... and it's cheap! Get your life back.... with zoloft! Seriously!! ______________________________________... **Disclaimer: Although I'm licensed & certified in my field, I cannot possibly give a professional opinion in this manner. Any medical advice given, or advice related to health, medication does not substitute for an actual evaluation made by your personal pharmacist and/or primarcy care physician. Subject any advice you receive from me to the approval of those professionals. Your pharmacist knows your entire medication profile and only he/she can help protect against drug interactions. Your primarcy care physician knows your entire health picture, and can make determinations fitting your unique circumstance. Generally, I only respond on things that have low to no risk, but even still I do so as a form of entertainment for me and strongly suggest you measure every decision made, even those advised here to your local medical professional. By reading and utilizing the information provided in this answer, you acknowledge your acceptance of these terms and release myself of any liability, whatsoever. Answered by Antonio Bzhyan 4 months ago.
Your psychiatrist is the knowledgeable in this subject. Must converse and comply with your general practitioner's suggestions. Expensive or inexpensive isn't the trouble. All cure works very specific on specific individuals. Answered by Eulalia Kabina 4 months ago.
Ask lestermount Answered by Sena Raczak 4 months ago.
It worked for me for a couple of years, but then it quit. Then I went a couple years without taking anything, then Cymbalta, then prozac, and now am currently on celexa. Answered by Darell Pauldo 4 months ago.
Lord yes. It saved my life. Answered by Randal Peffer 4 months ago.
dont take it Answered by Lucienne Jorda 4 months ago.
Zoloft Information and Side Effects?
Asked by Tiffanie Himmelmann 4 months ago.
Zoloft is used for: Treating depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may be used to treat panic disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD; a severe form of premenstrual syndrome) or social anxiety disorder. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve certain mood problems. Important safety information: Zoloft may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Zoloft with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Do not drink alcohol while you are using Zoloft . Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Zoloft ; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. Several weeks may pass before your symptoms improve. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, change your dose, or use Zoloft for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Children, teenagers, and young adults who take Zoloft may be at increased risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch all patients who take Zoloft closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. If your doctor tells you to stop taking Zoloft , you will need to wait for several weeks before beginning to take certain other medicines (eg, MAOIs, nefazodone). Ask your doctor when you should start to take your new medicines after you have stopped taking Zoloft . Zoloft may rarely cause a prolonged, painful erection. This could happen even when you are not having sex. If this is not treated right away, it could lead to permanent sexual problems such as impotence. Contact your doctor right away if this happens. Serotonin syndrome is a possibly fatal syndrome that can be caused by Zoloft . Your risk may be greater if you take Zoloft with certain other medicines (eg, "triptans," MAOIs). Symptoms may include agitation; confusion; hallucinations; coma; fever; fast or irregular heartbeat; tremor; excessive sweating; and nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms. Caution is advised when using Zoloft in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially low blood sodium levels. Caution is advised when using Zoloft in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. Zoloft should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Zoloft may cause weight changes. CHILDREN and teenagers may need regular weight and growth checks while they take Zoloft . PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Zoloft may cause harm to the fetus if it is used during the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Zoloft while you are pregnant. It is not known if Zoloft is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Zoloft , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. Answered by Simonne Althiser 4 months ago.
I was on Zoloft for about a year. I found that it helped alleviate most of my symptoms of depression. However, in my case, it seemed to work only in bursts of six weeks. My dosage was increased several times. This could have been due to any one of a number of factors, though; each case is entirely different. If you feel comfortable with trying out other medications, you should. As for the side effects... I found them to be fairly mild. I had a bit of lightheadedness and stomach discomfort, but I found that the side effects disappeared after a week or so. At one point, I had tried out Celexa, and the side effects were horrible, so maybe you will have some luck with Zoloft too. I however decided that medication is not for me, so I slowly weaned myself off of the Zoloft (with my general practisioner's approval, of course). I had quite a bit of trouble coming off of the Zoloft, mind you this had been after about ten months of daily doses. I experienced a great deal of dizziness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite... it was not what I would call a fun time. Just be aware of this when you take any medication. Trying to come off of it is going to be difficult, no matter how "non-addictive" doctors say it is. I wish you the best. Answered by Jackie Stenseth 4 months ago.
Zoloft is a non addictive medication that treats both anxiety, panic disorder, ptsd, anxiety disorders, depression, and ocd. For me specifically I felt dizzy if I stood up too fast, but after a few weeks I was used to it. I definitely felt tired the first two days but felt normal the other days. Keep in mind it takes at least 4 weeks to fully take effect. This is so because the brain needs time to fully react to the medicine. If you don't feel any effect within 4-5 weeks (still suicidal thoughts) you probably need to up the dosage. Answered by Monroe Baccam 4 months ago.
More common Decreased sexual desire or ability failure to discharge semen (in men) Less common or rare Aggressive reaction breast tenderness or enlargement confusion convulsions diarrhea drowsiness dryness of the mouth fast talking and excited feelings or actions that are out of control fever inability to sit still increase in body movements increased sweating increased thirst lack of energy loss of bladder control mood or behavior changes muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities nosebleeds overactive reflexes racing heartbeat red or purple spots on the skin restlessness shivering skin rash, hives, or itching sudden loss of consciousness unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures unusual secretion of milk (in females) Incidence not known Abdominal or stomach pain bleeding gums blindness blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin bloating blood in the urine bloody, black, or tarry stools blue-yellow color blindness blurred vision chest pain or discomfort chills clay-colored stools cough or hoarseness darkened urine decreased urine output decreased vision depressed mood difficulty with breathing difficulty with speaking difficulty with swallowing drooling dry skin and hair eye pain fainting feeling cold feeling of discomfort feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there general feeling of discomfort, illness, tiredness, or weakness hair loss high fever high or low blood pressure hoarseness or husky voice hostility increased clotting times indigestion inflamed joints irritability joint or muscle pain large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs lethargy lightheadedness loss of appetite loss of balance control loss of bladder control lower back or side pain muscle aches muscle cramps and stiffness muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness muscle twitching painful or difficult urination pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back pale skin puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue rapid weight gain rash red, irritated eyes red, sore, or itching skin right upper stomach pain and fullness severe mood or mental changes severe muscle stiffness shuffling walk sore throat sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips sores, welting, or blisters stiffness of the limbs sweating swelling of the face, ankles, or hands swollen or painful glands talking or acting with excitement you cannot control tightness in the chest troubled breathing twisting movements of the body twitching uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back unexplained bleeding or bruising unpleasant breath odor unusual behavior unusual tiredness or weakness vomiting of blood weight gain yellow eyes and skin Answered by Audra Bonadonna 4 months ago.
How long will Zoloft overdose last?
I accidentally took an overdose of Zoloft by mistake and I feel dizzy and nauseous. When will the side affects wear off?
Asked by Janae Serrant 4 months ago.
Drug Name Zoloft (Sertraline) Drug Uses Zoloft is a prescription medicine used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (also called OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (also called PTSD) in adults. Zoloft is also used to treat OCD in children (ages 6-12) and adolescents (ages 12-17). How Taken Zoloft comes as a tablet to take it orally. It is usually taken once daily and may be taken with or without food. Take Zoloft exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to take Zoloft even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Zoloft without talking to your doctor, especially if you have taken large doses for a long time. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose gradually. This drug must be taken regularly for a few weeks before its full effect is felt. Drug Class and Mechanism Sertraline belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Other drugs in this class are Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Celexa (citalopram) and Luvox (fluvoxamine). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) produced by nerve cells in the brain that is used by the nerves to communicate with one another. A nerve releases the serotonin it produces into the space surrounding it. The serotonin either travels across the space and attaches to receptors on the surface of nearby nerves or it attaches to receptors on the surface of the nerve that produced it, to be taken up by the nerve and released again (a process referred to as re-uptake). A balance is reached for serotonin between attachment to the nearby nerves and reuptake. Selective serotonin inhibitors block the reuptake of serotonin and therefore change the level of serotonin in the brain. It is believed that some illnesses such as depression are caused by disturbances in the balance between serotonin and other neurotransmitters. The leading theory is that drugs such as sertraline restore the chemical balance among neurotransmitters in the brain. Sertraline was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in December, 1991. Missed Dose If you take Zoloft once a day in the morning, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. If you take Zoloft once a day at bedtime and do not remember to take it until the next morning, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Storage Store at 25 degrees C (77 degrees F); excursions permitted to 15 degrees F- 30 degrees C (59 degrees C - 86 degrees F). Answered by Lauran Dipaola 4 months ago.
21 tablets ? wow..and how do you accidentally (!) take 21 tablets ? As for recovery whatever, a good idea would have been to ask the doctor that treated you ! Answered by Karena Kagimoto 4 months ago.
You should contact your local poison control center. Answered by Kim Degraffenried 4 months ago.
Anyone Familiar With Zoloft?
My doctor prescribed me Zoloft today to help treat my social anxiety. I'm supposed to take 25mg for a week and then start taking 50mg after that.My doctor wanted to put me on Paxil at first but I told her I was really concerned with weight gain so she prescribed me Zoloft instead. She assured me that...
Asked by Elwood Bhalla 4 months ago.
My doctor prescribed me Zoloft today to help treat my social anxiety. I'm supposed to take 25mg for a week and then start taking 50mg after that. My doctor wanted to put me on Paxil at first but I told her I was really concerned with weight gain so she prescribed me Zoloft instead. She assured me that gaining weight on Zoloft isn't common and I shouldn't worry about it but I've read online that weight gain is a common side effect. Has anyone gained weight on Zoloft? If so, how fast did it happen? I lost about 40 pounds within the past 2 years and I'm at a weight that I'm very happy with right now and the thought of gaining really scares me. I'm hoping that if for some reason I do start to gain weight while on Zoloft I'll notice early enough that I can stop taking it before I gain a lot. Not sure if it works that way though. Also, what should I expect during my first few days on it? I know side effects are different for everyone but I am a little nervous about taking it. Thanks. Answered by Jimmie Arzola 4 months ago.
Zoloft isn't an 'instant' drug such as asprin. The Zoloft needs to 'build up' in your system/brain before it will take effect, and for most that takes about 2 weeks. I wouldn't think that it would effect you in the first few days. However, as you said everyones system is different. My advise is to take the Zoloft at the same time each day, so you can keep track as to whether what you are experiencing is a Zoloft side effect or a pattern in your day or other. Most doc's will tell you to take it in the morning because Zoloft can disrupt sleep for some if taken at night. And lack of sleep can actually trigger anxiety. ** A very important thing to know about any anti-depressant is that you have to WEAN off of it. If you notice you are gaining weight from it, you can't just stop taking it, as it can cause serious side effects. I did find that I have gained weight since starting Zoloft, BUT I also have felt more sociable since taking it and have gone out to eat more etc.... So, it might not be the drug that made me gain weight, just my lifestyle and plain ol' calories. Go to the zoloft.com website for more information. As the above is advice from my personal experience only. Good luck! :) PS congrats on losing those pounds! And congrats on taking a big step towards overcoming your social anxiety. :) Answered by Federico Titze 4 months ago.
I have taken zoloft for 5/6 years. I started taking it for social anxiety and depression. I was on paxil first for a short period of time, and it worsened my depression. I wouldnt recomend paxil to anyone. When you first start taking zoloft, you wont notice much of a difference until 1-2 weeks. After that, you'll find it helps relax you. You wont shake and yur heart wont race, and you wont feel so nervous. One thing I noticed was my thoughts actually slowed down little bit. I started taking it in HS, and at first it made me a little bit spacey. But you wither get used to that,or you stop taking it and go back to being anxious. I did gain some weight after going on zoloft, but I think that was because I became less judgemental of body and caring about what others thought so much. If you are conscous of your weight that shouldnt be a problem. I was taking 25mg, then went up to 50mg, but found I could function on 25mg just as well. So i tae 25mg/day and I am at a healthy body weight. BUT WARNIING: If you plan on going off zoloft, make sure you tell your doctor. If you stay on it for a long time, and then stop taking it, your symptoms will worsen!! I am thankful to have zoloft, but it is very very difficult to stop taking. Not that it is addictive, but it will make you feel so horrible if you try to go off it. DONT STOP taking it unless you have a plan to do so with your doctor. Answered by Leigh Fullman 4 months ago.
I have been on zoloft for over 3 years, and it did not cause me to gain weight. Prior to taking the drug, I dropped 15 pounds due to severe anxiety attacks. After taking the drug, I slowly put that weight back on. I am not overweight, so the 15 pound loss made me look sickly. The side effects are minimal. You might feel a little tired at first, but you can still function completely. This passes after 2 months or so. You might have sexual side effects (inability to orgasm), but they too pass. It takes about a week to notice any change. I worried about taking it, and refused for two months initially. Now, I am so grateful for the drug. Good luck - and speaking from experience, it changed my life. Answered by Luanne Acquilla 4 months ago.
Does the antidepresant Zoloft cause waight gain and increased appitite?
Before zoloft I swear I was 145 lbs or less and a year later I'm 166lbs:/ I switching from zoloft tto prozac...
Asked by Geri Ansel 4 months ago.
It may increase appetite but it does not CAUSE weight gain - that can be achieved only by overeating. I'm not trying to be funny here. If zoloft worked to alleviate your symptoms, it seems to me that controlling your intake of food is a safe and workable option. If prozac doesn't work well you still have this option. Answered by Brian Zettlemoyer 4 months ago.
It depends on each person honestly. Here are some other resources. National Library of Medicine FDA on Zoloft Sertraline and Documented Suicide Zoloft birth defects Answered by Gwendolyn Lucchetti 4 months ago.
Pregnancy and zoloft?
i need to know potential side effects to a fetus while the mother is on zoloft. Can someone please help me. :)
Asked by Sharyl Protin 4 months ago.
Zoloft is generally considered the best such medicine for pregnant and nursing mothers. There is all sorts of data out there. Some of the studies say there is no real side effects. Some show delays in milestones and possible respiratory problems etc. Really this is something you need to discuss with your doctor. And you and your doctor can weigh the risks. - I took Zoloft in my third trimester with my second child. I had very bad PPD depression after my first child. And during my second pregnancy I got very depressed and anxious- overly so. So my doctor put me on Zoloft. I took it from about week 30 to 6 weeks after my daughter's birth. My daughter was born healthy and very alert without any problems. And she is now 14 months old. And she has been exceeding her milestones. She was crawling at 5 months. Walking across the floor without assistance at 8 months- running at 10 months. Answered by Aileen Looman 4 months ago.
I don't know specifics, but I do know that Zoloft, along with Wellbutrin, are the two recommended medications for pregnant and breastfeeding women who have depression or anxiety issues. They are much safer than the other SSRI medications and they have minimal effect on the fetus. I have three healthy children and I took Zoloft through all of those pregnancies and while breastfeeding. Answered by Glady Wapp 4 months ago.
Heart defects....my son was born with a congenital heart defect. My son is 6 months old and I never ever took any kind of medications for depression or anti psychotic drugs. My sons cardiologist said there is a remote chance that such medications can cause congenital heart defects. He asked me after my sons birth if I ever took antidepressants because it can cause issues with the babies heart. Also heard it can increase the chance of spina bifida. Look up the birth defects caused from paxil. I mean some CHD (congenital heart defects) just happen no matter what you do right during pregnancy. I did every thing I was supposed to. Ive never taken any harsh medications other than tylenol during pregnancy. There are currently law suits on paxil. Now if it is a similar drug I wouldnt take it during pregnancy. Nothing is scarier than having to watch your child be transported to the NICU. Answered by Casimira Hissong 4 months ago.