Sertraline is used to treat a variety of conditions including depression (feeling sad, a change in appetite or weight gain, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, feeling tired, headaches, unexplained aches and pain), obsessive compulsive disorder (unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors), and panic disorders (unexpected and repeated periods of intense fear).
- Important Note
- How to use
- Side Effects
- Drug Interactions
- Missed Dose
During treatment with sertraline, it is important that you communicate with your doctor regularly regarding how you are feeling.
Sertraline must be taken exactly the way the doctor has prescribed it. The physician may increase or decrease the dosage depending upon how you respond to the medicine. Sertraline should be taken with food; either in the morning or evening. Try to take sertraline at the same time every day. Sertraline should be swallowed whole with water or other liquid. Sertraline takes approximately four weeks to start producing its entire desired effect. It is important to continue taking sertraline even after the symptoms have subsided or disappeared. Do not stop taking sertraline without consulting a physician. If you take too much sertraline, immediately contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room even if there are no signs of discomfort.
A small number of patients taking sertraline may feel worse instead of better. Worsening feelings include increased agitation, hostility, or anxiety or thoughts about suicide. Your doctor should be informed immediately if this occurs. If you must discontinue sertraline, contact you physician as there are potential side effects associated with discontinuing or lowering your dose of sertraline including dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, agitation, anxiety, sweating, headache, sleep disturbances and other symptoms. Some newborns whose mothers take sertraline during pregnancy may experience breathing and feeding difficulties, jitteriness and constant crying. If your baby experiences any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Common side effects associated with sertraline include upset stomach, dizziness, constipation, increased sweating, and allergic reactions. Uncommon side effects include bruising or unusual bleeding, hallucinations, uncontrollable movements of the body or face, and inability to urinate. Rare side effects include low levels of sodium in the blood (leading to tiredness, weakness, confusion and achy, stiff, uncoordinated muscles), feelings of restlessness, mania (overactive behavior or thoughts), and seizures. Very rare side effects include Serotonin Syndrome (confusion, restlessness, sweating, shivering, shaking, hallucinations, sudden jerking of muscles, fast heartbeat), increased pressure in the eyes (eye pain and blurred vision), gastrointestinal bleeding (vomiting blood or passing blood in stools), liver disorders, or new or worsening emotional or behavioral problems.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all side effects. Stop taking and call your doctor immediately if you experience an allergic reaction which may present as red and lumpy skin, skin rash, hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. Contact your doctor immediately if symptoms worsen or if you have any of the side effects listed.
Before using sertraline, your physician must be aware if you:
- You are driving or operate heavy machinery
- Have any medical conditions, including liver or kidney disease
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breast feeding
- Have a history of seizures
- Are allergic to this drug or its ingredients
- Using natural or herbal products (eg., St John’s Wort)
- Are taking any other medication especially MAOI or other antidepressants, diabetes medication, drugs to thin the blood, or drugs containing tryptophan
- Consume alcohol or use drugs
Do not take Sertraline if you are taking or have recently taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors or pimozide. Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any medication, especially anticoagulants (like warfarin), other antidepressants, migraine medicine (tryptans), medicines for irregular heartbeat (flecainide or propafenone), diabetes medication, cabemazepine, haloperidol, phenytoin, tryptophan, St. John’s Wort, selegeline, or moclobemide.
Do not take sertraline if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication or any of the non-medicinal ingredients of the product. Do not take sertraline if you are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) such as phenelzine sulfate, tranycypromine sulfate, or moclobemide or if you are taking pimozide.
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry; just take the next dose when you normally do. Never take two doses of sertraline at the same time. It is important to discuss with your doctor what to do if you miss several doses of this medication.
Sertraline - oral
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Store sertraline at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
- The above information is meant as a summary and will not tell you everything about the medicine.
- Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about this or any other medicine.
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