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Is generic Zoloft a weight neutral medication, is it best medication for anxiety disorder?

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Is generic Zoloft a weight neutral medication? Is it the best medication for Anxiety disorders?
Posted Sun, 11 Aug 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 1 hour later

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I will like to be straight forward with you. Zoloft (generic name: sertraline) is a good medication that can be used to treat anxiety/depression and it works effectively. You might develop some resistance or intolerance, but it does not mean that the medication is not effective. Zoloft can be taken upto 200mg daily dosage before effectiveness can be achieved. But if this is not reached, then i it will be best that you talk with your doctor before changing medications.
There are other good medications used for anxiety disorders but they can only be prescribed with physician supervision as they come with lots of side effects.

If you still have any further questions to ask, please feel free to write back.

Dr. Nsah
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Follow-up: Is generic Zoloft a weight neutral medication, is it best medication for anxiety disorder? 2 hours later
Thanks for the reply. I have been on it for about 4 months and it has helped me a lot. I have gained weight recently but I can't figure out if it is just overeating or if the medication is causing some complications. My doctor said that generally Zoloft is weight neutral and it shouldn't cause complications. Just wanted to know if this is true.

Thanks for all the help.
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 2 minutes later

I agree with your doctor, zoloft has no known effect on your weight. Maybe your recent activity or change in lifestyle. You might have simply gained weight due to another reason.
You may try getting your blood work done for any hormonal changes, sugar or other tests. Try discussing this with your doctor too, maybe he can pinpoint somethings that might have caused you a weight gain.

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Follow-up: Is generic Zoloft a weight neutral medication, is it best medication for anxiety disorder? 24 hours later
I spoke with my pharmacist and he mentioned that weight gain is a potential side effect. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor. Is Lexapro a medication that causes weight gain?

Thanks for all your help on this matter
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 7 hours later

Well according to the manufacturers of zoloft, weight gain is hardly mentioned as a side effect and personally, I do not think it increases weight of patients, I have never experienced that before. But there is also possible that post manufacturing side effects such as weight gain can be possible (besides it comes with numerous digestive side effects). In my experience, when it comes to drug side effects, it is best to always be open minded and you may discuss this too with your doctor.
Escitalopram (lexapro) in about 1% of patients that take it, develop weight gain.
But it does not mean you will definitely gain weight too upon taking it.

Hope this helps and wish you the best.
Dr. Nsah
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