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 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 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 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 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 Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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

Answer: Hi,Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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