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Dr. P. Jyoti, Consultant MD
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Experience:  17 yrs experience in treating OPD & Emergency patients.
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I have been suffering with anxiety and had an appointment

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I have been suffering with anxiety and had an appointment with a psychiatrist. I've been prescribed Sertraline and am considering starting to take it this Friday but the drug insert lists a lot of potentially nasty side effects, also online reviews seem to consistently refer to an unpleasant first few weeks on the drug. I want to understand if this is likely to happen and whether something like Fluoxetine would be preferable by comparison
JA: How long have you been using 3rd? Has it helped at all?
Customer: Sorry what is "3rd"?
JA: The Doctor will be able to answer that. Have you used anything besides 3rd for this?
Customer: No
JA: Thank you so much for your time. Finally, is there anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: I'm asthmatic and therefore shouldn't take beta blockers. I also had COVID three weeks ago, I'm largely better but my energy levels still aren't quite fully recovered
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 15 days ago.

Hello, my name is***** I am a qualified MD with 18 years’ experience and I am happy to work with you on this.

I am reviewing your question and will be back with my response shortly.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 15 days ago.

You need not worry. Sertraline is considered a very safe and efficacious drug. Side effects are not likely. Drug inserts of course have to mention all possibilities, and the internet is full of fear mongers. I would advise you to go for it, its used by hundreds of thousands of people and is one of the most popular drugs for conditions like yours.

Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 15 days ago.

Hope this resolves your query. If you need more help, just write back here so l can continue to assist. Stay safe!

Dr. P. Jyoti

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 15 days ago.

Glad to help.

Wish you best of health and a quick recovery. I would like to know of your progress, please keep me informed on this thread if possible.

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