What is Sertraline?
Sertraline is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called. Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Sertraline is also used to treat the premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
How should I take sertraline?
Take sertraline exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.
Take sertraline with or without food, at the same time each day.
Sertraline liquid (oral concentrate) must be diluted with a liquid right before you take it. Read and carefully follow all mixing instructions provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need help.
Measure the mixed medicine with the supplied syringe or a dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Sertraline may cause false results on a drug-screening urine test. Tell the laboratory staff that you use this medicine.
Do not stop using sertraline suddenly, or you could have unpleasant symptoms (such as agitation, confusion, tingling, or electric shock feelings). Ask your doctor before stopping the medicine.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Sertraline side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to sertraline: skin rash or hives (with or without fever or joint pain); difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- a seizure;
- vision changes, eye pain, redness, or swelling;
- low blood sodium – headache, confusion, problems with thinking or memory, weakness, feeling unsteady; or
- manic episodes – racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior, extreme happiness, being irritable or talkative.
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Sertraline can affect growth in children. Your child’s height and weight may be checked often.
Common sertraline side effects may include:
- indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
- tremors; or
- sexual problems.