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Sertraline

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Zoloft®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Sertraline®;CO Sertraline;Dom-Sertraline;GD-Sertraline;Mylan-Sertraline;Nu-Sertraline;PHL-Sertraline;PMS-Sertraline;ratio-Sertraline;Riva-Sertraline;Sandoz-Sertraline;Teva-Sertraline;Zoloft®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Aleval;Altruline;Aluprex;Prosertin;Serolux;Sertex
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

    Uses
    • It is used to treat low mood (depression).
    • It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive problems.
    • It is used to treat panic attacks.
    • It is used to treat post-traumatic stress.
    • It is used to treat premenstrual mood problems.
    • It is used to treat social anxiety problems.
    • It is used to treat anxiety.
    • Sertraline raises chemicals in the brain.
    • In low mood (depression), sleep and appetite may get better fast. Other signs may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to get better.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take with or without food. Always take with food or always take on an empty stomach.
    • Mix liquid with 1/2 cup of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice.
    • Take in the morning.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • The want to harm yourself is a not safe sign of low mood (depression). It may last until your low mood is fully treated. If you are planning on harming yourself, call the ER (emergency department) right away.
    • There is a chance of serotonin syndrome when using a migraine drug with this drug. The syndrome is caused by too much serotonin in the body. Signs include: Agitation, changes in blood pressure, loose stools, fast heartbeat, hallucinations, upset stomach and throwing up, change in balance, and change in thinking clearly and with logic. Talk with doctor.
    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • All forms:
    • If you have an allergy to sertraline or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this drug is started. Taking the two at the same time could cause risky high blood pressure.
    • If you are breast-feeding.
    • Zoloft® Liquid:
    • If you have a latex allergy. Dropper contains rubber.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with doctor before stopping. You may want to little by little stop this drug.
    • If you have bleeding problems, talk with doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have seizures or are on seizure drugs, talk with doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with certain other drugs.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Talk with doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • If you are taking any natural products, talk with doctor.
    • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools.
    • Change in sexual ability. This most often returns to normal.
    • Not able to sleep.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are planning to harm yourself or the want to harm yourself gets worse.
    • Big change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Agitation, twitching, sweating, or muscle stiffness.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Fast heartbeat.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad loose stools.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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