ZOLOFT reg; is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Zoloft works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain.
Zoloft (Sertraline) is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Zoloft has also been used to treat a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder- PMDD) and a sexual function problem in men (premature ejaculation). Zoloft works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain.
How To Take Zoloft
Take Zoloft by mouth usually once daily with or without food; or as directed by your doctor. It is recommended that you take your dosage at the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. It is important to continue taking Zoloft as prescribed even if you feel well. Also, do not stop taking Zoloft without consulting your doctor. It may take up to 4 weeks before the full benefit of Zoloft takes effect.
Zoloft Side Effects
Nausea, headache, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, or upset stomach may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, unusual or severe mental/mood changes, increased sweating/flushing, unusual fatigue, uncontrolled movements (tremor), decreased interest in sex. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, changes in sexual ability, painful and/or prolonged erection. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: fainting, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, muscle pain, trouble swallowing, ringing in in the ears, seizures. An allergic reaction to Zoloft is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions for Zoloft
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, kidney disease, seizures, heart problems, any allergies. Zoloft may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. Caution is advised when using Zoloft in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Zoloft should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Zoloft passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using Zoloft is not recommended. Consult your doctor if pregnant or breast-feeding.
Certain medications taken with Zoloft could result in serious, even fatal, drug interactions. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within 2 weeks before or after treatment with Zoloft. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information. Zoloft is not recommended for use with: weight loss drugs (e.g., sibutramine, phentermine), terfenadine, astemizole. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other SSRI antidepressants (e.g., citalopram, fluoxetine), nefazodone, venlafaxine, “triptan” migraine drugs (e.g., sumatriptan, zolmitriptan), tramadol, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, nortriptyline), cimetidine, flecainide, propafenone, clozapine, trazodone, lithium, tryptophan, “blood thinners” (e.g., warfarin), any herbal/natural products (e.g., melatonin, St John’s wort, ayahuasca). Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti- anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle relaxants, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Report other drugs which affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation), such as: dofetilide, pimozide, sotalol, quinidine, procainamide, sparfloxacin, “water pills” (diuretics such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
The information contained on this website is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of Zoloft is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Zoloft.
Zoloft Missed Dosage
If you miss a dose, use Zoloft as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store Zoloft at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Revision date: June 18, 2011
Last revised: by Andrew G. Epstein, M.D.
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