What is sertraline?
Sertraline is an antidepressant that belongs to the class of medicines known as. Sertraline changes brain chemicals that may be out of whack in patients suffering from depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is also treated with sertraline.
Sertraline should not be used if you are concurrently taking pimozide or being treated with methylene blue injection.
If you’ve recently taken an MAO inhibitor like isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine, don’t take sertraline.
Before taking this medicine
Sertraline should not be used if you are allergic to it or if you are also taking pimozide. If you’re on disulfiram, don’t take this medicine in liquid form (Antabuse).
Tell your doctor if you’ve ever had any of the following conditions to ensure sertraline is safe for you:
Manic depression (bipolar disorder);
cardiac disease, hypertension, or a stroke;
illness of the liver or kidneys;
If you have bleeding difficulties or are on warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), consult your doctor.
QT prolongation syndrome; or
sodium deficiency in the blood
How should I take sertraline?
Sertraline should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time.
Take sertraline at the same time every day, with or without food.
Sertraline side effects
If you think you’re having an allergic response to sertraline, seek medical attention right away: Skin rash or hives (with or without fever or joint pain); breathing difficulties; swelling of the cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat
Mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, difficulties sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, impatient, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or harming yourself should all be reported to your doctor.
If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor right once.
Changes in vision, pain, redness, or swelling in the eyes;
low blood sodium – headaches, confusion, problems thinking or remembering, weakness, unsteadiness; or high blood sodium – headaches, confusion, problems thinking or remembering, weakness, feeling unsteady; or
Racing thoughts, heightened energy, unusual risk-taking behavior, intense happiness, irritability or talkativeness are all symptoms of manic episodes.
The following are some of the most common sertraline adverse effects:
Indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and a loss of appetite are all symptoms of indigestion.
tremors; tremors; tremors; tremors troubles with sex
This is not an exhaustive list of potential adverse effects; more may arise. For medical advice on side effects, contact your doctor.
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