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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Based on my symptoms, am I suffering from depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a medical student and want to know about if I am suffering from depression. I have mood swings. My concentration in studies has decreased. I have lost interest in activities, especially my hobbies and I have recurrent thoughts coming now and then. Sometimes, I could not sleep, or ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The sign and symptoms you have depicted are highly suggestive of depression.The standard features of depression are loss of pleasure in previously pleasurable activities, persistent sad or irritable mood, dysphoria (state of unease), lack of energy and enthusiasm, sleep dis...  Read Full »

Which is better for panic attacks and anxiety, Paroxetine or Sertraline?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old, and I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks since I was young. Every couple of years, my anxiety gets bad to the point where I feel like I need medication to help me. Five years back, I went to a therapist, and I was diagnosed with panic attack disorder an...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your situation. you have panic disorder. If you are feeling better on Sertraline, then you must go for it instead of Seroxat (Paroxetine). You can take a tablet of Clonazepam orally by dissolving 0.25 mg when you have a panic attac...  Read Full »

After stopping Gabapentin, I have chills, vomiting, and anxiety. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking Celexa 10 mg for two years. Recently, I was prescribed Gabapentin 100 mg twice daily, which I took for about a month, but started having stomach issues. So, I titrated it down to 100 mg a day for a week by myself and then stopped it. It has been almost three weeks and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Withdrawal symptoms seem to be unlikely after three weeks of stopping Gabapentin. Check if you have a fever. If not I would suggest you try taking PPI (proton pump inhibitor) for vomiting and Benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia. Skip Celexa for a couple of days....  Read Full »

Do benzodiazepines help in controlling anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor, I currently take 5 mg of Trintellix and 400 mg of Gabapentin (100 mg at 9 AM and 200 mg at 9 PM) a day. We have recently reduced my Trintellix from 10 mg to 5 mg and stopped 100 mg Zoloft. I have had depression and anxiety for the past 15 years. I like what Trintellix has been doing for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Patidar

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Why was Zoloft (Sertraline) decreased? Were you facing some side effects? In my opinion, Zoloft is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) class of drugs which is one of the best anti-anxiety and antidepression medicines. If you were stable on that medicine, th...  Read Full »

Why am I having loose stools on and off very often for six months now?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old female. My height is 5 feet 4 inches, and my weight is 215 lbs. I am having constant loose stools. This has been on and off very often for up to six months now. I take Adderall, Intuniv, Zoloft, and a pill for acid reflux. Please give me a solution.  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After reviewing your medication profile, Zoloft (Sertraline) and, to some extent, Adderall (Amphetamine) and Intuniv (Guanfacine) cause gastrointestinal upset. A common adverse effect of Zoloft is diarrhea. Secondly, these medications tend to increase body weight and dr...  Read Full »

How long does it usually take to see mood improvement when taking Sertraline?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 53-year-old male. I am a diabetic and have a family history of diabetes and depression. I developed anxiety and depression in 2015 and was on Cipralex 5 mg once daily for the past five years. However, the symptoms of anxiety and depression have come back from the middle of this y...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Chanchal Azad

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can see your frustration after the trial of two types of medications without any improvement. Let me summarize your problem. You have been experiencing a depressed mood for the last six years, which was improved with an antidepressant. Due to the relapse, a doctor ...  Read Full »

I harm myself when feelings go out of control. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had the following problems for quite a few years. I was all right at first, but lately, it has been getting worse. Moderate to severe depression almost all the time such that feeling happy is an escape and a treat. I harm myself when feelings go out of control. I hit or bang my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from depressive symptoms. The episodes of self-harming behavior may be the consequence of your low frustration tolerance. You tend to avoid intimate relationships because you have a low self-esteem. All these boil down to an underlying depressive ...  Read Full »

How do I cope up with my depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crush on a girl for two years now. I proposed to her, and she rejected me. I was depressed back then, and for that, I also took tablet Qutan 50. I felt better just for a while, but I could handle it. It got worse during this lockdown, and I am not on any medications now. Her tho...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P Singh Solanki

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for this query. I understand your current situation. I can imagine very well that how much stress you are going through. You have been prescribed earlier antipsychotic medication. Instead of it, it will be better if you are prescribed an antidepressant-like Sert...  Read Full »

How long does Sertraline take to start working after increasing the dose?

Query: Hi doctor,I have depression, OCD, and anxiety. I got these problems five months back. I started taking Sertraline 25 mg a month later when my general practitioner diagnosed it. After a week, I took 50 mg, and then after three weeks, I took 75 mg for five to six weeks. I felt better after taking Sert...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sertraline is a good choice of medication for depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and anxiety. Currently, you are taking 100 mg daily. It helps you a lot. If there is any recurrence of symptoms, then you need to increase the dosage further. For OCD, you can...  Read Full »

I am struggling with depression due to family issues. Please help me overcome it.

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 23 and my husband is 29. I am having a 1 year old baby. After my delivery, I had some problems in my family created by my mother-in-law. At that time my husband left his job and so, there was some distance between us. So, I felt very bad and I used to get anger for small thin...  Read Full »


Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There seem to be some adjustment problems in your family. Everyone faces similar problems not only in marital life, but also in new situations. That does not mean the end of life. It only means that you have to develop better coping skills to adjust to the new situatio...  Read Full »

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