Sertraline

Sertraline is an antidepressant belonging to the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) group of drugs. It commonly used to treat depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety disorder.

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I am a 64-year-old woman dependent on Sertraline drug. Please help me to withdraw it.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 64-year-old woman with a height of 5’5 and weigh around 140 lbs. I was on 50 mg of Sertraline for more than 30 years. I tried to wean off and lowered the dose to 25 mg for two months, then started reducing to three days on and one day off and finally decreasing to zero in 6 mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. All these are side effects of Sertraline withdrawal. Your body is dependent on this medicine. You have to take other medication to suppress all these symptoms. Stress and anxiety can further contribute to these withdrawal...  Read Full »

Which medicine can help me manage my depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I am presently working in my startup and under too much stress. I am feeling slightly sad/depressed and would like to have some mild medication to help tide over this stressful period. It is purely work related, and some days I find it difficult to sleep due to constant thinking about one...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your problem and understand your concern. If these symptoms persist for more than two weeks, they suggest depression. SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) such as Sertraline is helpful in such situations. Also, try regular exercise...  Read Full »

Why does my father have increased BP and panic attacks after taking antidepressants?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 68 years old, and from the last six months, he is suffering from a few health problems. He has a severe gas problem and stomach pain. He keeps complaining about gas getting accumulated in his stomach.  As a result, he has burping and shortness of breath, and his heart rat...  Read Full »


Dr. Surender Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.As per the case history that you narrated, your father might have a somatoform disorder. It is good that the CT abdomen is fine.Your father's complaints are quite common among this age group. You had not mentioned whether he is having any history of forgetfulness, irritabil...  Read Full »

I am depressed and restless as my parents are separating. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have weird restlessness these days, and I do not feel like smiling. Whenever I close my eyes, I feel like smashing something to let out my anger. I do not even know if I should be angry about things that I am worried about. I do not know if they are worth it, but it affects me, and I...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajay Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. By the history provided, it can be discerned that you are currently experiencing what can be termed as an adjustment disorder, which is a very common occurrence after a person experiences a stressful situation such as the one you are going through with your parents. One p...  Read Full »

I suffer from severe anxiety and depression after my husband's death. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My current issues are depression and anxiety. Honestly, it all started when my husband passed on our son's 1st birthday. I have just let it build up, and now I cannot control how I feel. I cry over crazy things, and I get mad over little things. I cannot sleep at night because I have n...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry for your loss. It is common to develop severe anxiety and depression after any significant loss in life. Prolonged grief results in the development of depression. Please try to keep yourself busy. Spend time outdoors with your son, which will help redu...  Read Full »

What should I do if my ear pain is getting worse?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 37-year-old male, and my height is 5'11", and my weight is 89 kg. I have terrible ear pain and deafness. I am currently Sertraline. My ear pain has been getting worse over the past four days. What should I do?Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Radha. P. H

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your symptoms are suggestive of a middle ear infection. There is the possibility of wax in the ear canal.Is there any discharge from the ear?Do you have a cold or nasal block?Until you consult an ENT for this issue, for the time being, you can follow the precautions ment...  Read Full »

How to get rid of anxiety, anticipation, and negative thoughts and improve focus?

Query: Hello doctor, My thoughts are always racing, and I cannot focus. I am always worried, and I think for the worse. I get emotional over things which happened in the past, every day. I have gained 20 lbs over the past year. I stress about going for trips or gatherings in advance, but in the end, I alwa...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You have a problem with racing thoughts and always think worse. If these thoughts are unwanted, dominating, and are resulting in distress, then that could be due to anxiety or possibly these could be obsessive thoughts. These thoughts ar...  Read Full »

Is the bluish discoloration of my right eye because of Sertraline?

Query: Hello doctor,I noticed blue discoloration in the corner of my right eye. I am currently taking tablet Sertraline. Is there any link between the drug and discoloration?Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be due to a thining of sclera, prominent veins, or drug-induced pigmentation. It will be more apparent if you share a picture of it. Thanks.  Read Full »

I often get negative thoughts and underestimate myself. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel like I am suffering from anxiety. I am not able to express myself, and I am always stressed. I am always silent and do not talk, which makes me serious and boring. I get negative thoughts and underestimate myself.  Read Full »


Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be having an inferiority complex, which is why you are tensed about every small thing in life. You also seem to be suffering from chronic emptiness, which is why you feel boring. Be calm and think. Give time for your feelings and focus on your career at pres...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a medicine for my laughing problem.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with laughing. I laugh without any reason, and I cannot control the laugh. I laugh while speaking to others or on the phone without reason. It is a problem to me and my career. I cannot do a job with this laughing problem. I have seen on the internet that laughing w...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I carefully read your question and would explain that your symptoms seem to be related to pseudobulbar affect. For this reason, I would first recommend performing a brain MRI to investigate the possible causes underlying your symptoms. An electromyography is also necessar...  Read Full »

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