Zoloft is a prescription medicine
used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder (also called OCD) and posttraumatic
stress disorder (also called PTSD) in adults.
Zoloft is also used to treat OCD in children (ages
6-12) and adolescents (ages 12-17).
Zoloft comes as a tablet
to take by mouth. It is usually taken once daily and may
be taken with or without food. Take Zoloft
exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take
it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to
take Zoloft even if you feel well. Do not
stop taking Zoloft without talking to your
doctor, especially if you have taken large doses for a long
time. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose
gradually. This drug must be taken regularly for a few weeks
before its full effect is felt.
Before taking Zoloft, tell your doctor
if you have liver disease; have kidney disease; suffer from
seizures; or suffer from mania or have suicidal thoughts.
You may not be able to take Zoloft, or
you may need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during
treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Zoloft is in the FDA pregnancy category
C. This means that it is unknown whether it will be harmful
to an unborn baby. Do not take Zoloft without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could
become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether
Zoloft passes into breast milk. Do not
take Zoloft without first talking to your
doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you take Zoloft once a day in the
morning, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it.
However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the
missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. If
you take Zoloft once a day at bedtime and
do not remember to take it until the next morning, skip
the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for
a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious
side effects, stop taking Zoloft
and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical
treatment: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or
face; or hives); an irregular heartbeat or pulse; low blood
pressure (dizziness, weakness); high blood pressure (severe
headache, blurred vision); or chills or fever.
If you experience any of the following less serious
side effects, continue taking Zoloft
and talk to your doctor: headache; tremor, nervousness,
or anxiety; nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite
or weight; sleepiness or insomnia; or decreased sex drive,
impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. Side
effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk
to your doctor about any side effect that
seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° - 30°C (59° - 86°F).
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of a Zoloft
overdose include nausea, vomiting, tremor, seizures,
agitation, drowsiness, hyperactivity, and enlarged pupils.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing
other hazardous activities. Zoloft may
cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness
or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Use alcohol cautiously.
Alcohol may increase drowsiness or dizziness while taking
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