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What is Zoloft?

Sertraline, a medication that is sold under the brand name Zoloft all over the world is an antidepressant. It is used for treating many different types of depression and related disorders. Zoloft is a medication from the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) class of medications that work on the brain to suppress the feelings. Doctors usually prescribe this medication to patients who are suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Severe PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and social anxiety.

This medicine has been available in the US market since 1991. It is among the 15 most prescribed medications in the US and the most prescribed psychiatric medication. As per an estimate there were are over 15 million prescriptions of this medication every year.   

How To Consume Zoloft?

Zoloft is available in the form of tablets and capsules that are consumed whole through the mouth. Doctors recommend a single daily dose either in the morning or evening. Take this tablet with half a glass of water and avoid using it with any MAO inhibitors.  

What Are Side Effects of Zoloft?

Zoloft or Sodium Oxybate is a really strong medication and it can have severe side effects if not used properly. Patients should be alert of any uncommon feelings that they might have after using this medication. An overdose can make the side effects life threatening.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Zoloft is never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive sweating

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • Muscle cramps
  • Severe weakness
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Severe constipation