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- Zoloft Sertraline
Zoloft® is the brand name of a generic drug Sertraline.
Sertraline is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors. Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain
that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic or
anxiety, obsessive or compulsive symptoms, or other psychiatric
Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and social anxiety
disorder, also known as social phobia.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed Zoloft dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose,
skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do
not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise
directed by your doctor.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a sertraline overdose include nausea, vomiting,
tremor, seizures, agitation, drowsiness, hyperactivity, and
What are the possible side effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects,
stop taking sertraline and contact your doctor immediately
or seek emergency medical treatment:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of
the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- an irregular heartbeat or pulse;
- low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness);
- high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision);
- chills or fever.
If you experience any of the following less serious side
effects, continue taking sertraline and talk to your doctor:
- tremor, nervousness, or anxiety;
- nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or
- sleepiness or insomnia; or
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.