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Zoloft


Brand Name: Zoloft
Generic Name: Sertraline

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Description
Zoloft – Multi-Functional Antidepressant

Representing the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Zoloft serves a powerful antidepressant that helps eliminate the symptoms of related complications. Sertraline, an active ingredient of the medication, affects the organism promoting better communication between the cells of the central nervous system.

As a result, the treatment helps to restore the chemical balance within the brain and significantly decrease the symptoms of numerous disorders, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and others.

Additionally, the remedy can be used for other conditions, though its off-label use should be discussed with a healthcare specialist.

Recommendations for Proper Zoloft Use

Striving to experience the maximal positive effects, one should use the treatment right as prescribed by his/her healthcare specialist. Avoid increasing or decreasing the medication dose to prevent possible complications.

Zoloft tablets should be administered orally, at the same time each day, with or without food. Certain recommendations for the drug intake can vary depending on Zoloft type. Ask your doctor about more detailed directions.

An average Zoloft dose depends mainly on the treated condition and may vary from 50 to 200 mg Sertraline a day. The complete Zoloft treatment course may take more than 4 weeks; thus, keep using the medication to experience the desirable changes. Sudden stopping of Zoloft intake can trigger serious withdrawal symptoms.

The medication can affect the results of your medical tests, thus, warn your physician about the treatment course before taking any tests.

Contraindications, Precautions and Zoloft Interactions

Consult your doctor about Zoloft intake. Make sure none of your health problems and current treatments will interact with the pharmaceutical. Do not start the drug administration if you are sensitive to its active ingredient or similar issues. Additionally, warn your doctor about the following conditions you are diagnosed with, if any:

  • Bipolar disorder;
  • Convulsions, epilepsy or other seizure disorders;
  • Severe kidney or liver dysfunction;
  • Alcohol or drug abuse, etc.

Pregnancy and lactation are also contraindicated for Zoloft use, since the drug can produce a harmful impact on an unborn or nursing child. Do not give the drug to anyone under 18 years old. Never share your tablets with other patients having the same symptoms without doctor’s permission.

Possible Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

Combining Zoloft with other pharmaceuticals is the most frequent cause of side effects occurrence. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and OTC treatments, herbal remedies and even vitamins you are using to prevent dangerous interactions. Pay exceptional attention to blood thinners, other antidepressants, heart rhythm medication, anxiety medications, Tramadol, Phenytoin and others.

Seek emergency help if any complications appeared after Zoloft intake, especially:

  • Allergic reactions;
  • Symptoms of low sodium levels;
  • Seizures;
  • High serotonin level, etc.