What is Zoloft?

Zoloft

Zoloft is an antidepressant and the brand name of sertraline. It is used in the treatment of panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Zoloft belongs to a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They function by controlling serotonin levels in the brain. It is also prescribed for those who are suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic disorder (PTSD). Zoloft generic version, sertraline has been approved since 2006 by the FDA. The generic Zoloft can also be found in various stores.

There are cases of people who claim that while taking Zoloft weight loss occurred. Zoloft weight gain is no longer new, since most antidepressant has shown to cause weight gain. There are a lot of Zoloft reviews available online today. Most claiming they used Zoloft for anxiety treatment and it worked fine while others complained of severe side effects when they used Zoloft for anxiety treatment. There are also reports of Zoloft high but so far there is no proof to back the claim. Zoloft is among the group of antidepressant known as SSRIs which end result is usually fullness, happiness and reduced thought of pain. This means Zoloft can enhance your quality of life.

But can nit get you high. Taking Zoloft and alcohol can increase the side effects of it.

Zoloft interacts with drugs like Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). This is why it is very important to inform your doctor or physician if you are making use of any of these drugs. They are:
Celecoxib (Celebrex), aspirin
Diclofenac
Ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil)
Meloxicam (Mobic)
Naproxen (Naprelan, Aleve, and Treximet)
Indomethacin (indocin)
Make sure you tell your doctor about other medications you take often like sedatives, allergy medicines, sleeping pills, ands narcotic medicines for pain. Also tell him about all the over-the-counter (OTC) products you are taking, these includes herbal products and vitamins.

There are many other types of antidepressants that can interact with the Zoloft medication. Tell your doctor if you have conditions like:
Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Kidney or liver disease
Blood clotting or bleeding disorder
Epilepsy or seizures
A drug abuse history

Zoloft side effects

Contact your doctor anytime you notice any of these side effects getting worse. Here are some of the common side effects of Zoloft. They include:
Dry mouth
Insomnia or sleeping problem
Stomach pain, constipation, and stomach upset
Feeling tired, dizziness and drowsiness
Diarrhea
Increased sweating

These are just few of the common Zoloft sides, however there are some serious side effects too. This includes:
Bleeding or bruising easily
Low sex interest
Muscle weakness or cramps
Weight loss
Tremor or shaking
Severe weakness
Loss of coordination
Hallucinations, overactive reflexes
Agitation
Extreme happiness
Convulsions

This is not however the full lists of the side effects of Zoloft that may occur, others can too. Seek immediate medical attention once you notice any of these.

Zoloft dosage

The normal adult dose when using Zoloft to treat depression is:
Take 50 mg of Zoloft once daily at first, then the maintenance dose will be 50 to 200 mg orally taken once daily.
The normal adult dose when using Zoloft to treat obsessive compulsive disorder is:
Take 50 mg of Zoloft once daily at first, then the maintenance dose will be 50 to 200 mg orally taken once daily.
The normal adult dose when using Zoloft to treat panic disorder is:
Take 25 mg of Zoloft once daily at first, and then increase it to 50 mg taken orally once daily, after a week. The maintenance dose will be 50 to 200 mg orally taken once daily.
For premenstrual dysphoric disorder: you should take a tablet of 50 mg daily throughout the period of the menstrual cycle or based on the recommendation your doctor gives.

Usual dose for children and adolescent:
From age 6 to 12 : Take 25 mg of Zoloft once daily at first, then the maintenance dose will be 25 to 200 mg orally taken once daily.
From age 13 to 17 : Take 50 mg of Zoloft once daily at first, then the maintenance dose will be 50 to 200 mg orally taken once daily.
If you are wondering what to do if you missed a dose, here is the solution. Simply take the particular dose you missed immediately you remember, but skip it if it is almost the time to take your next dose. Seek immediate medical help in case of Zoloft over dose or contact your poison help line.

Do not take an additional dose of Zoloft just to make up for a missed dose as these could lead to an overdose with serious side effects.

 

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