Zoloft (Sertraline) is under the class of SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors which is utilized for the treatment of anxiety disorders like of major depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and social phobia (social anxiety disorder). Zoloft acts in assisting the balance of certain brain chemicals to achieve homeostasis.
For you to understand more of this drug here is a Zoloft patient assistance.
How to Use
In taking such Zoloft, make use of the dropper provided and take only the prescribed amount from the drug bottle. In a 4 oz. or 120 ml or a half-cup of water, lemonade, ginger ale or any orange juice, you can mix the medication. These kinds of liquids are only the suitable ones for the drug to be combined. The mixture can be hazy and this is just normal. Don’t forget to mix each dose prior to taking it.
It is not also allowed to pre-mix the doses for later use. You can take this drug per oral route once daily with or without food in your stomach or it depends on your doctor’s advice to you. To ensure effect and get the most benefit, take this medication regularly.
The dose of the drugs is actually based on the type of medical condition that you are experiencing and your response to the therapy. Even if you feel that you are already well, don’t stop taking this medication unless ordered by your doctor. The full effect of this drug takes place up to 4 weeks.
Prior in taking such drug, be sure that you’ve consulted a pharmacist or a doctor about your medical history. Especially, if you have heart disease, liver disorder, thyroid condition, any allergies especially to latex and history of seizures since it can cause unwanted effects. You should be aware of that Sertraline has alcohol and this drug can make you feel drowsy. So be cautious enough not to take this drug especially if you are engaging into active activities like driving or operating any machinery. It’s also a must for you to avoid any alcoholic beverages.
Elderly should be careful in taking Zoloft as they are more sensitive to the drug’s side effects. The old ones can have the likelihood to develop electrolyte imbalance specifically hypernatremia, especially if they are taking diuretics. Children alike are also advised to take this drug carefully. They will likely loss their appetite and weight with this drug.
Pregnant women are also not allowed to take such unless if it’s highly needed. Your doctors should discuss with you the risk involved.
This is basically the things that you as patients should be aware of in taking Zoloft. With this simple guide, you can surely watch over your intake of this anti-depressant.