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What Does Zoloft Help Exactly?


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Okay, this is probably a potentially stupid question, but what is Zoloft supposed to help? B)

I know it says POTS and neurocardiogenic syncope, but nowhere can I find what specific symptoms it is supposed to be helping. Clearly it doesn't help with the tachycardia or low blood pressure. But what does it help with? I am just curious. I have been on it about a week, I take the generic-sertraline-and have noticed some improvement, generally I just feel a little better. But I am curious as to what symptoms it is supposed to help with.

Thanks :rolleyes:

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Hi! I have the same question :rolleyes:

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According to one source:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - such as fluoxitine (Prozac) sertraline (Zoloft,) and paroxetine (Paxil) - have been used to treat POTS. When effective, the tricyclics and the SSRIs appear to do more than merely control any depression that might accompany the dysautonomias. There is some evidence that they might help to "re-balance" the autonomic nervous systems in some patients.

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I dont know -- I was told it helps with nerve transmission -- to better the neuronal pathways, especially in people with syncopal events -- somehow its supposed to inhibit the response of nerves that lead to and from the brain (afferent and efferent nerve pathways) that can cause smooth/skeletal muscle to vasodilate which in turn can lead to syncope and/or the sensation that you're going to pass out.

overall, and to put it simply, they say that it is supposed to help nerve conduction. not sure if that is completely true or not or what research/testing has been initiated to prove this. not even sure if this info is accurate, but just what i have been told.

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