Zoloft – a medicine containing the active ingredient sertraline, Is prescribed in treating depression, panic attacks, OCD, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, and severe form of premenstrual syndrome.
Zoloft may improve energy levels, restore interest in daily living, sleep, mood and appetite.
Using Zoloft may decrease anxiety, unwanted thoughts, fear, and the number of panic attacks. This may also reduce the desire to perform repeated tasks that interfere with daily living such as counting, checking, and hand washing.
Sertraline in Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) that helps restore the balance of serotonin in the brain.
Warning: although Zoloft is an antidepressant, in a small number of people, especially people under 25, antidepressant use has been shown to worsen depression, mood changes, suicidal thoughts, or attempts. It is important you watch for these changes and inform your doctor of worsening or new conditions.
How is Zoloft used?
Zoloft is used by mouth usually once a day in the morning or evening as directed by your doctor. The capsule or tablet forms of this medication should be swallowed whole with water.
It is very important to read the medication guide before you start using this medication. If you have any questions about this medicine, inform your doctor.
Your dosage will be determined by your doctor based on your condition and response to treatment.
Precautions for using Zoloft
Inform your doctor of any allergies you may have including latex allergies.
Inform your doctor of any personal or family history of:
• Bipolar or manic depressive disorder
• Liver disease
• Bleeding disorder
• angle closure type of glaucoma
• Thyroid disease
Setraline when used during the last three months of pregnancy may cause in rare cases feeding or breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle stiffness, and constant crying in newborns. This medication should only be used during pregnancy if necessary.
Discuss the possible risk or benefits with your doctor.
Sertraline Passes into breast milk, thus it is important that you discuss with your doctor before you start using this medication while breastfeeding.
Side effects of Zoloft
Common side effects of Zoloft include:
• dry mouth
• Appetite loss
• Increased sweating
• stomach upset
• trouble sleeping
If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
Alcohol or marijuana use may worsen dizziness and drowsiness.
Serious side effects include:
• decreased interest in sex
• easy bruising or bleeding
• Changes in sexual ability
• Unusual weight loss
• muscle weakness or cramps
• Bloody or Tarry stools
• Eye pain, swelling, or redness
• Vision changes such as seeing rainbows around lights at night.
• Fast or irregular heartbeat.
If you notice any of these inform your doctor immediately. Other unlisted side effects may occur. Inform your doctor if you notice any.