about this medication
Sertraline is one of the first SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drugs on the US market. Sertraline is marketed under the brand name Zoloft, which was first FDA approved in 1992, as a treatment of major depressive disorder. Sertraline is a prescription drug.
Currently, sertraline is FDA-approved to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Not all mental health conditions can be treated by a provider through our platform.
Researchers believe that sertraline (generic for Zoloft) works by controlling the amount of serotonin that is reabsorbed by nerve cells (aka, neurons) in the brain, which increases the amount of free serotonin in the brain. For people with depression and anxiety disorders, this can help to improve interest in activities or reduce the number of panic attacks.
Sertraline should be taken exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. The healthcare provider may need to change the dose of sertraline until it is the right dose for you. Sertraline may be taken with or without food. Abruptly stopping sertraline is generally not recommended, even if you feel better, because serious adverse effects called withdrawal symptoms can occur.
The most common side effects of sertraline include: nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, or indigestion; dry mouth, increased sweating; tremor or shaking; agitation; feeling tired or fatigued; anxiety; change in sleep habits such as increased sleepiness or having trouble sleeping (insomnia); and sexual problems such as decreased libido and ejaculation failure. Discuss any side effects you experience with your provider.
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