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Zoloft is an antidepressant drug that can be used to treat several mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It works as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that slows the reabsorption of the chemical messenger serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is believed to help regulate mood and anxiety. Speak to a licensed doctor to get anxiety treatment from EzCare Medical Clinic in San Francisco. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal occurrence in everyone’s life. It is characterized by the feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease about a forthcoming event that can’t be controlled or of uncertain outcome. Occasional anxiety isn’t something serious. Unfortunately, some individuals have excessive or prolonged bouts of anxiety that that may include a compulsive behavior or panic attacks that are disruptive to everyday living. When the tension reaches this level, an evaluation for an anxiety disorder should be sought.

Anxiety disorder is a group of mental disturbances characterized by anxiety as a central or core symptom. Typically, the following conditions are included as forms of an anxiety disorder:

  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Stress or PTSD
  • Specific phobias
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

How to take Zoloft

Approved by the FDA in 2003, Zoloft is the only medication that has been approved for long-term use. The dosage prescribed will depend on the age of the patient and the medical condition being treated. Depending on how well a patient responds to treatment, the physician may reduce or increase the dosage.

In most patients, the full effects of Zoloft are not noticeable for six to eight weeks, but it can vary. Prescriptions are written either for a liquid or tablet form depending on the age and preference of the patient. While the liquid form of Zoloft must be combined with a half cup of water, ginger ale, soda, lemonade or orange juice, the tablet form should not be altered or crushed.

Patients should continue taking Zoloft for as long as the doctor instructs, even if they begin to feel better. Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, tremors, lightheadedness, muscle pains, weakness, insomnia, and anxiety can occur if you abruptly stop taking this medication.

Side Effects of Zoloft

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dyspepsia
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loose stools
  • Nausea
  • Tremor
  • Headache
  • Paresthesia
  • Anorexia
  • Decreased libido
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Diaphoresis
  • Ejaculation failure
  • Xerostomia

When patients first start Zoloft, or when the dosage is changed patients should watch for more severe side effects such as agitation, nervousness, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, tremors, seizures, persistent vomiting or nausea, severe abdominal pain, changes in urine or stools, or yellowing of the eyes or skin. If any of these are experienced, report them immediately to the doctor. It is also important to contact your physician if symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, swelling, itching, or a skin rash are experienced.

While the risk of a fatal overdose of Zoloft is low, patients or loved ones should know the signs. Symptoms of an overdose include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, increased or slow heart rate, and coma.

Zoloft prescription in San Francisco

Individuals who are concerned about how they deal with anxiety may find an anxiety self-assessment helpful to help determine if they need to seek professional treatment. While this self-assessment is in no way a replacement for mental health consultation, it can be helpful in recognizing issues that are related to anxiety.

With the self-assessment in hand, individuals in San Francisco should make an appointment with their anxiety doctor or another healthcare provider. EZCare Clinic is a full-service medical practice dedicated to treating the whole patient. With a full range of doctors, clinicians, therapists, and counselors, we can assist you from diagnosis to recovery and every step in between.

During your initial consultation, your healthcare team will assess your overall health and discuss any possible medical conditions that may be a contributing factor in anxiety. Once completed, your physician will determine the type of treatment needed and write any prescriptions required. During the consultation, your doctor may also recommend therapy services for anxiety.

While some people do not understand the value of therapy, many who’ve used this service learn a great deal about how to combat the overwhelming feelings associated with an anxiety disorder. Therapists can work with individuals alone, or sometimes, they may recommend a group setting in which effective coping techniques can be taught.

Anxiety help in San Francisco

Having an anxiety disorder is frustrating enough; not getting help only makes it worse. Take time to begin the process of getting better. Medications like Zoloft are designed to get you back to your normal self by curbing the feelings of fear and panic that can sometimes weigh us down.

EZCare Clinic is open Monday through Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm. You can schedule appointments online, or call us at (415) 966-0848. Walk-ins are always welcome.

 


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Losing Weight in San Francisco

For individuals who are overweight, choosing an appropriate diet and exercise plan can be an enormously confusing task. If you do an internet search to find options, you will find that the possibilities are endless. Everything from prescription diet pills, to over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, supplements, expensive meal plans, and costly exercise programs can be found. Unfortunately, many of these are unhealthy, unproven and very expensive. So, what are individuals supposed to do?

The answer to that question is dependent upon how much weight someone wants to lose. Individuals who only need to shed a few pounds to look good in a special outfit, probably shouldn’t be purchasing expensive meal plans or the latest diet pill to hit the local big box store. For those individuals, an increase in exercise and cutting calories for a few weeks should do the trick.

Unfortunately, most individuals considering weight loss plans are more than a few pounds overweight. In fact, approximately 50% of Americans are overweight, and 30% of those are diagnosed as obese. That means that they have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher. For individuals who have a weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, the standard is slightly lower with a BMI of 27. These individuals are often unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone though both are part of any diet plan that would be prescribed to them. Speak with a licensed obesity doctor in San Francisco today.

Effective treatment for Obesity

Obesity treatment San Francisco

Obesity can be a difficult condition to treat if it is accompanied by other health conditions. Most physicians require an individual who wants to begin any weight loss program first to be evaluated for their health. Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or diabetes can affect both the ability to lose weight and be the reason weight was gained in the first place. Taking into consideration all that they find, most doctors will prescribe one of the many medications available to them and either refer them to a qualified weight loss center or personal trainer as well as to a therapist. Many obese patients suffer from depression or anxiety, both of which can contribute to weight gain.

As mentioned, there are countless diet pills available, but most physicians prefer prescriptions rather than OTC ones due to their understanding of how the medication works. There are two types of diet pills, anorexiants, and non-stimulants. Although both are effective, anorexiant weight loss pills are prescribed more due to their effectiveness.

Anorexiants suppress the appetite to help individuals lose weight; many of these are also stimulants. While these medications are effective, care not to abuse them should be taken due to their increased risk of addiction.

Individuals who are concerned about the dangers of stimulant medication may want to consider non-stimulant treatment. Typically, these medication work by inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb fat from foods and are not likely to be abused.

Despite which type of medication is chosen, an effective treatment plan must include lifestyle changes such as routine exercise and a low-calorie diet. Taking medication to help you lose weight without the changes will only cause individuals to regain all the weight that was lost once they discontinue the medication.

There are also many herbal remedies touted to be able to decrease weight in obese patients. Unfortunately, most of them have not been studied for effectiveness or safety, and none have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Before beginning any herbal treatments, or dietary supplements for weight loss check with your physician.

Where can I find weight loss help in San Francisco?

weight loss help in San Francisco

Overweight or obese individuals who live in the San Francisco area can contact EZCare Clinic. The clinic specializes in treating the whole person and not just the disease or condition. Our doctors can diagnose and treat most chronic health conditions, including obesity. With your overall health in mind, we can design a weight loss plan that includes appropriate medication, therapy, emotional support, and even an exercise regimen that can help you after the medication has ended.

While no diet is perfect, the staff at EZCare Clinic can help you find what will work best for you. Losing weight, exercising, and developing a sensible diet can change the way you look, feel, and your overall happiness as well as help to prevent or improve other conditions such as heart and liver disease, diabetes and reduces your chances of some types of cancer.

EZCare Clinic is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm, give us a call at (415) 966-0848. While we enjoy appointments, they are not necessary. Walk-ins are always welcome. Don’t let your expanding waistline determine the kind of life you will live, take control, and get on the road to wellness today. Help is just around the corner at EZCare Clinic of San Francisco.

If you are interested in a new diet, you can read about the GOLO diet here.

 


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Managing Your ADHD in San Francisco Bay Area

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD was once thought to be a childhood behavioral condition that could be controlled by discipline, and as they matured, the child would grow out of it. Characterized by bouts of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, these children had difficulty at school, at home and everywhere in between. Managing ADHD can be difficult.

History of ADHD

Contrary to what mainstream America thought, these “immature” children were actually suffering from a condition that had been identified hundreds of years ago, although the name ADHD is a relatively new term. As far back as the late 1700s in Germany, physicians labeled these children with “attention disorders.” Over the years, other names have been attached to the symptoms of ADHD such as “Fidgety kids,” or “Mental Restlessness.”

Despite what we may call the condition, in the 1990s and early 2000s, an explosion of newer, more effective medications were developed. The oldest known treatment, Benzedrine, was first approved by the FDA in 1936, but it wasn’t until the ‘50s when Ritalin came on the market and suddenly became the gold standard for treatment that another viable option was available. With such huge gaps in the release of medications, it is no surprise that when newer, more effective treatments became available in the 90s that this condition became so well-known.

ADHD disorder history

Today, after many years of research, we now know that ADHD doesn’t just affect kids. Many adults who are inattentive or impulsive are shocked to be diagnosed. Although it was once thought that children “grew out” of ADHD, we now know that is not the case. As children matured, they became better equipped to handle their symptoms and often sought careers where the disorder helped rather than hurt them, hiding the symptoms. In contrast, adults who thought they never had symptoms as a child are now finding that they were better able than others to mask the symptoms of the disorder growing up. Sometimes it isn’t until adulthood, and demanding jobs or lifestyles makes it harder for them, and the once hidden symptoms begin to emerge.

Treatment options for ADHD

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ADHD, and you can’t prevent the disease from occurring. In fact, researchers can’t even find the exact cause of the disorder though many believe that there are factors that may influence your chances of being afflicted.

  • Heredity
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Changes in the brain
  • Smoking, drinking, or substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Brain injury or disorder

Though we may never know how to prevent ADHD, we do know some very effective ways to treat it in both children and adults, therapy, and medications. Therapy is a useful place for patients to learn how to address the symptoms of their disorder, how to deal with the emotions associated with it, and coping techniques. Some individuals, especially adults, tend to shy away from any counseling but learning how to deal with the confusion and other emotions is the best way to prevent additional conditions such as anxiety or depression that can result from the frustration.

Since the first medication was prescribed for ADHD in the ’30s, modern pharmaceuticals have come a long way. The most popular treatment options are stimulants, which may sound odd, considering hyperactivity is one of the symptoms of the disorder. However, these medications work because they increase the availability of certain chemical in the brain to make it work more effectively. Stimulants are estimated to lessen the symptoms of ADHD by 70% to 80%. Though there are several, a few examples of stimulant medications for ADHD are Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, and Focalin.

Treatment options for ADHD in San Francisco

There are also several non-stimulant medications that can be used to treat ADHD such as antidepressants, or ADHD -specific non-stimulants. While these medications are not as popular as stimulants, they don’t cause agitation, sleeplessness, or lack of appetite, nor are they addictive. Non-stimulant medicines also tend to last longer than stimulants, which can wear off abruptly. Examples of non-stimulants include Strattera, Clonidine, and Guanfacine.

Once a diagnosis has been made, most practitioners will determine the type of treatment necessary. Often this will include therapy. Typically, adults with ADHD who have both medication and counseling treatment are better prepared to control their symptoms and learn to live fuller, happier lives.

ADHD Treatment in SF

Individuals who live in the San Francisco area can turn to EZCare Clinic for all their ADHD treatment. On staff, doctors are qualified to determine if a patient has the condition as well as distinguishing it from other conditions whose symptoms can mimic those of ADHD and provide medications. Counseling services are also available for individuals who need help coping with the emotions of ADHD and who can teach different techniques that can help control symptoms.

Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Call today at (415) 966-0848 or make your appointment online.

 


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