Zoloft is generically known as Sertraline. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that positively influences the chemical substances present in the brain that may lead to anxiety, panic, depression, symptoms of obsessive-compulsive. Sertraline is an antidepressant that works for the treatment of some disorders such as depression, panic, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsion, premenstrual dysphoric, and social anxiety. Zoloft enhances your sleep, level of energy and appetite.
Zoloft tablet is from the following composite:
- 12 % of alcohol;
- Butylated hydroxytoluene.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the intake of Sertraline is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details found on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration, and the number of required dose. There may be a need at times for a change by your doctor on your dose for better treatment result. Ensure you take Zoloft as prescribed; not more, less or longer than it is required. You may support the intake of Zoloft medicine with or without a meal. Endeavor to take Zoloft at a specific scheduled time daily. Make sure that you dilute Zoloft oral liquid form before use. For the right measurement, use the provided medicine dropper. Zoloft oral liquid form is diluted strictly with one- half cup (4 ounces) of water, lemon or lime soda, ginger ale, orange juice or lemonade. Ensure none is left without drinking after mixture. You are advised to notify the lab attendant about the use of Sertraline as its use may falsify any test result. Sudden withdrawal should be avoided as it may rest in obnoxious withdrawal symptoms. Seek the proper way to withdraw from its use of necessary from your doctor. Notably, Improvement of symptoms may take 2 Weeks.
The following precautions should be taken before or when using Sertraline:
- Patients who are hypersensitive to Zoloft should keep away from its use.
- Ensure you keep away from the use of Zoloft if you take pimozide. Zoloft liquid form may be inimical while taking disulfiram.
- Avoid the intake of Sertraline 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the use of MAO inhibitors such as linezolid, rasagiline, tranylcypromine, phenelzine, isocarboxazid and selegiline.
- You are advised to bring any of the following medical conditions you have or had into your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the liver or kidney;
- Heart disease;
- A seizure;
- A stroke;
- Manic depression;
- Bleeding problems;
- Low levels of sodium in the blood.
- There should be a report of changes in mood or symptoms by your caregivers or by a close relative. There will need a frequent visit by your doctor to constantly check improvement on symptoms.
- Pregnant women are advised to seek their doctors’ advice before the use of Zoloft.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before the use of Zoloft.
- Children under the age of 18 years of age are restricted from the use of Sertraline. Seek proper medical advice if it is within the necessity to be given to a child.
Ensure that you request for medical advice if you begin to experience the symptoms of hypersensitivity to Zoloft such as difficulty breathing, skin rash, hives, and swollen lips, tongue, face or throat. The following are the common side effects of Zoloft:
- Anxiety or agitation;
- Loss of appetite;
- Erectile dysfunction;
- Decreased libido;
- Orgasm problem.
Interaction with other drugs
Ensure that you seek your doctor’s advice before the intake of sleeping pills, muscle relaxer, narcotic medication, or drugs for anxiety, seizures or depression with Zoloft. The use of sleeping medicine may cause deterioration. The following medications may as well interact with Zoloft:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.