Considerations for Switching to a Zoloft Alternative
Before switching any aspect of your prescribed treatment plan, it’s essential to talk to your doctor. You can discuss potential alternatives to Zoloft for anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Before switching from Zoloft to another antidepressant or form of treatment, several factors must be considered.
Evaluate current health status
Current health plays an integral role in determining which medication would be best for treating your symptoms. It’s also important to disclose any current prescription drugs you’re taking to your doctor, so they can evaluate potential adverse side effects if you combine existing medications with a new regimen.
Side effects can be especially critical if you have specific health conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Even if you previously did so, review your full medical history with your healthcare provider as you discuss alternatives to Zoloft.
Look at potential side effects
All medications and even supplements have the potential for side effects, and not all known side effects will be felt by everyone. Side effects can range from mild inconveniences – like dry mouth or drowsiness, to severe concerns – like weight gain or sexual dysfunction, to serious or life-threatening concerns — like allergic reactions, chest pain, or thoughts of suicide.
Understanding a drug’s unique profile and warnings can help manage expectations as you compare one drug against another to evaluate the benefits against any potential side effects you might experience.
Determine the efficacy of new medication or treatment
People can respond very differently to the same medication. Biological body chemistry, genetics, weight, age, and severity of symptoms can all impact the efficacy of any drug. In short, what works great for one person may not work at all for another.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about what you should expect from a new medication or treatment, including how long it will typically take before you start seeing results. This will help you monitor how well a new treatment plan is working.
Evaluate the cost
Cost can be a huge barrier to treatment for many people. It’s important to know that the cost of medications can vary depending on whether they’re brand-name or generic, the dosage, and where you fill them.
Sometimes, the same drug at different pharmacies — even in the same town — can have different prices. Be sure to ask your pharmacy for an estimate on cost before you fill a prescription and inquire about drug manufacturer discounts, coupon cards, or other ways to reduce the price of a new drug if cost is a factor.