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What is Zoloft?
Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant in a group of drugs referred to as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The way sertraline works is still not fully clear. It is thought to positively affect communication between nerve cells in the central nervous system and restore chemical balance in the brain.
Zoloft is used for treating panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Zoloft can also be used to treat purpose that is not listed.
You should not use Zoloft if you also take pimozide, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection.
You should also not use Zoloft if you have taken a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A serious and potentially fatal drug interaction could occur. Note that MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and rasagiline.
Some younger individuals will have thought of suited at first when they are first taking antidepressants. Stay alert to changes that occur in the mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.
You should report any new or symptoms that seem to worsen to your doctor, such as mood or behavior changes, anxiety panic attacks, trouble or issues sleeping, if you feel aggressive, restless, hostile, irritable, agitated or hyperactive mentally or physically) more depressed or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
You should not give Zoloft to anyone under the age of 18 years old without the advice of a doctor. XZolfot is FDA=approved for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is not approved for treating depression in children.
What Your should Know before Taking this Medication
You Should not use Zoloft if you are allergic to sertraline., of if you are being treated with methylene blue injection or take pimozide.
To make sure you are safe to take Zoloft tell your doctor if you have:
- Liver or kidney disease:
- Bleeding or blooding clotting disorder
- Seizures or epilepsy
- A history of drug abuse or medical thoughts
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Taking a SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy can cause severe lung problems or additional complications for the baby. But you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressants. You should tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Do not stop taking Zoloft during your pregnancy without your doctor’s advisement
It not completely understood if sertraline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.
You should take Zoloft exactly how your doctor prescribed you to take it. You should follow every direction on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally recommend a change in your dosage to ensure that you get the best results. Do not take this medicine a larger or smaller amount or for longer than it is recommended.
Zoloft can be taken with or without food. You should try to take the medication at the same time every day.
The liquid (oral concentrate ) form of Zoloft needs to be diluted before you take it. To ensure that you get the accurate dose, measure the liquid with a medicine dropper provided by your medical supplier. Mix the dose with 4 ounces or (one-half cup) or water, ginger ale, orange juice, lemon/lime soda or lemonade. Do not include/use any other liquids to dilute the medicine. Stir this mixture and drink it all imitate after stirring. To ensure that you get the entire dose add a little more water to the same glass and gently swirl and drink right away.
Zoloft can also cause false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for a drug screen, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking Zoloft.
It makes take up to 4 weeks s for your symptoms to improve. Keep using the medication as prescribed by your doctor and let him/her know if your symptoms have not improved.
Do not stop taking Zoloft suddenly or you may have unexpected and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor when it is safe to stop taken Zoloft.
What should I do if I miss a dosage?
Take the dosage as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is near the time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medicine to make up for missed dosages.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Seek emergency help immediately, call Pisin help line at 1-800-222-1222. Or your local emergency number.
What should I avoid
You should ask your doctor if it is safe for you to stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for pain, arthritis, swelling or fever. These drugs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) indomethacin, diclofenac, meloxicam, celecoxib (Celebrex) and others. Using NSAID along with Zoloft can cause you to bruise and bleed easily.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Zoldot. Don does not the take liquid form of Zoloft if you are taking Antabuse Disulfiram. Liquid Zoloft may contain alcohol, and you could have a severe reaction to the disulfiram.
This medication may impair your reactions and thinking. You should be careful if you need to drive or activity that requires that requires you to be alert.
Zoloft Side Effects –
You should call for medical help if you signs of an allergic reaction of Zoloft skin rashes or hives ( with or without joint pain or fever) swelling in your face throat, lips and tongue, or difficulty breathing.
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:
- A seizure (convulsions)
- high levels of serotonin in the body, which can cause nausea, active reflex, loss of coordination,
- hallucinations fever, fast heart rate, agitation, fainting
- Low levels of sodium in the body can cause – a headache, confusion, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady or slurred speech.
- Manic episodes increase energy, unusual risk-taking behavior, being irritable or talkative, extreme
- Happiness, racing thoughts
Common Zoloft side Effects may include :
- Dry Mouth
- Drowsiness, tired feeling, dizziness
- Sleep problems (insomnia or
- Decrease sex drive, difficulty having an orgasm, impotence,
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Mild Nausea, stomach, pain, upset stomach, constipation