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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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How can I stop Sertraline without withdrawal symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using 75 mg Zoloft for the past seven months for anxiety disorder. I have started with 25 mg and my doctor increased the dosage slowly for my panic attacks. But for the past two months, I do not have any strong panic attacks and when I have the small ones, I am capable of handling it...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Zoloft (Sertraline) is a good medication for anxiety disorder. You are on a low moderate dose of 75 mg once daily (dose range is 50 mg to 200 mg once daily). It is good that you are feeling better for the past two months. It is recommended to continue Sertraline for at...  Read Full »

I raised my intake of Sertraline and have night sweats. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Sertraline 50 milligrams three weeks ago. After one week, I increased the dose to 100 milligrams. For the past week, I have been experiencing night sweats every night. A lot of other people also have it that I came across on forums. I also read that night sweats are a sig...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. There is nothing to worry about lymphoma as sweating is a known side effect of Sertraline. Lymphoma is associated with weight loss and usually with groin and armpit swelling or an increase in lymph node size at different parts of the body. S...  Read Full »

I am having trouble maintaining an erection. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I got married last month. I am not able to maintain a strong erection that is needed for penetration. And, my libido is also low nowadays.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. I request you to provide following information so the diagnosis can be made and suitable remedy can be offered. Have you experienced the same issues while masturbating or doing sex in the past? How did the problem start...  Read Full »

I suspect of having ALS. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I fear having ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) due to my current symptoms. For the past three weeks, I have had on-and-off weakness in my arms and legs. It first started in hands, then went to arms, then legs. I am exhausted and have been anxious regarding this, and consulted three...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. I completely understand your concern. Anything suggestive of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is potentially frightening. However, the good news is that your symptoms, as you described, are not suggestive...  Read Full »

The withdrawal effect of Zoloft is bad and I cannot handle it. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Zoloft for 14 years. I am on the maximum dose of 200 mg. I have been struggling with anxiety due to menopause. My general doctor thought it might be a good idea to switch my medication. She recommended that I go down to 100 mg a week on the Zoloft and then go to Pristiq...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you are having severe withdrawals and discontinuation symptoms even after lowering the dose to 175 mg, I would suggest you consult a psychiatrist in person for evaluation, and then you can discuss with him or her regarding the following, As the reason for the chan...  Read Full »

How long should I take medication for depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am a dental student, and I suffered from clinical depression five years ago. I consulted a psychiatrist, and since then I was on antidepressant Sertraline, antipsychotic Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. Three years after the treatment when the symptoms sub...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good to know that you are able to function well at present and medication has been helpful. I note that you are currently on Escitalopram, Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. You have reported suffering from clinical depression, stress, and social phobia. Since you exp...  Read Full »

Which medication should I use for OCD and social anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from OCD and social anxiety since I was ten years old. Today, I went to a psychiatrist, and she asked me to have a medication, which is a sertraline medication. She said that she was going to give me another tablet that contained sertraline, too. But she said she ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your problem and situation. Both are the same. There is no difference. Sometimes, there is a difference in efficacy due to company quality. If there is a standard company, then it may have good quality and effect. Yes, it will surely help you with your...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing back pain for a year. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old weighing 123 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall. I am currently on Sertraline 50 mg. I have been experiencing ongoing back pain for about a year now. The pain is manageable when I am active but tends to flare up when I am inactive. I have observed certain triggers, such...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.It seems to be due to sitting in the wrong posture, lack of regular exercise, and lack of proper sleep. Do not depend on medication alone. Practice yoga and pranayama regularly, and go for walks regularly. Meditat...  Read Full »

I am taking Sertraline 100 mg. What are my possibilities of developing erectile dysfunction?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Sertraline for a good few years and have found that 100 mg works best for me. I have heard stories that people experience sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction, with medication. If I have not had any symptoms of this. How likely is it that it will happen from...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. If you have been taking Sertraline for several years and have not developed erectile dysfunction yet, then it is unlikely that you will experience it now. Sertraline may cause erectile dysfunction in some people, bu...  Read Full »

My friend is being treated for schizophrenia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I need a psychiatric opinion for my good friend who has been treated for catatonic schizophrenia. She is a 27 year old European woman. She had in total three episodes of catatonia that required hospitalization. But I suspect it may have been depression instead, since she volunteered h...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have read the query and after reading the history of hers I can tell you that these symptoms suggest more towards some neurotic illness specifically depression rather than catatonic schizophrenia. In catatonic schizophrenia patients s...  Read Full »

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