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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 Zoloft 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 ...  Read Full »

I feel low and depressive after stopping Sertraline for three weeks. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been off Sertraline for three weeks now according to my doctor's advice. I have been fine other than the dizziness shortly after coming off the last dose. However, today I woke up feeling in a depressive stage again. I am not sure if it is the ‘can not be bothered with anything�...  Read Full »

Dr. Vipul Chelabhai Prajapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Did you quit the Tablet Sertraline gradually or in one shot? It might be a relapse of depression or signs of withdrawal. Since how long have you been taking Tablet Sertraline and what dosage was it taken? The variation in heart rate is seco...  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 »

Can Sertraline cause acid reflux and throat pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Sertraline recently because of severe anxiety, IBS, and light indigestion (feeling heavy after meals). Indigestion has subsided, but not anxiety or IBS. The worse effect of that drug was acid reflux as soon as I took the first pill, and it still persists, and it is worse ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. This is most likely anxiety related. It cannot be esophageal cancer as there were no symptoms before medicine, and the symptoms are too rapidly progressive for cancer. Usually, it does increase in weeks, but not two wee...  Read Full »

I have been taking Sertraline for depression. Is it safe to stop?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I have been taking Escitalopram for two years as I developed anxiety and a feeling of being generally worried. I had depression a few years back and took Sertraline for seven to eight years. When I stopped taking it two years back, I started having anxiety and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You have an anxiety disorder and you are on the tablet Escitalopram. But you have not mentioned the dose of your medication. If you have been stable for two years then you can try to taper off and watch for anxiety....  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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 Sertral...  Read Full »

I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril, but I also drink alcohol sometimes. Is it safe to take Vistaril and drink alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male, and I am currently taking Zoloft and Vistaril. I take Zoloft and Vistaril as needed, once and sometimes twice daily. I rarely drink alcohol and know about its interactions with Zoloft, but it is harder to find the interactions with Vistaril. I know I cannot dri...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Vistaril's (Hydroxyzine Pamoate) half-life is around 14 hours, so that it will stay in your system for more than one day. It depends upon your hepatic function. If your liver function is impaired, it will stay in the system longer. If you tak...  Read Full »

I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder by my psychiatrist. She prescribed me Yelate, 30 mg in the morning, 0.25 mg Alzam in the afternoon, and 0.5 mg of Alzam with 10 mg Ivedal in the evening. However, I have been having severe anxiety attacks...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yelate (Duloxetine) can cause such problems in a few cases, so that cannot be ruled out. Kindly discuss with your treating doctor regarding substituting Yelate with SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like Sertraline. For sleep, you...  Read Full »

Do Zoloft cause muscle pain, cramps or tingling?

Query: Hello doctor, Do Zoloft cause muscle pain and cramps or tingling?  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, Zoloft (Sertraline) may cause muscle cramps, tingling by disturbing blood sodium chloride levels. Zoloft is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), which may cause a disturbance in these ions (sodium and chloride) hence may cause it. Get the blood test...  Read Full »

I am unable to interact with anybody. I feel restless. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male. I feel stressed and pressurized because of lack of social skills. I am not happy with my life. I attribute it to the death of my dad in a road accident three years back. Previously, my life was full of happiness. Now, I feel lonely, tired, uninterested, selfish an...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand what you are going through and you have my full sympathy. According to your description, you are most likely to be suffering from depression and your doctor has prescribed Zosert (Sertraline) for the same. If you are not feeling alright yet, and are tol...  Read Full »

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