Ive been on 100mg sertraline for three weeks and my GP has suggested upping the dose to 150mg. this seems a little soon. Should I be concerned?
I don't know your history with respect to symptoms or medication. However, I do believe in general that Physicians tend to move a little too aggressively in terms of dose increases and targeted levels. But given that: 1)100 mg is a good moderate dose of Sertraline; 2) It can take a full 8 weeks for most patients to realize the full effectiveness of a given dosage level of this medication, 3) You really don't want to take more of this medication than is necessary and that sometimes patients do better on lower dosages versus maximum dosages, and 4) Patients, not the doctors, are the ones that have to eventually wean off the medication, I believe you are right to be concerned. Not withstanding my caveat at the outset, I would respectfully tell your doctor that you would like to try giving the 100 mg dosage level more time (as in 5 more weeks) before drawing a conclusion on its effectiveness.
Take care for now and all the best.
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