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Sertraline

Sertraline (Lustral, Zoloft)

No More Panic forum posts about this medication can be found here: Sertraline / Zoloft / Lustral

Sertraline is used in the treatment of all types of depression, It is also licenced for use in PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

It belongs to the group of antidepressants called serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s).

Sertraline is generally well tolerated and any gastrointestinal adverse effects, such as nausea or diarrhoea, are usually dose-related and decrease with continued use. It is less sedating and causes fewer anticholinergic side effects than tricyclic antidepressants.

Benefits Seen

  • From the first week to three or more weeks

If Stop Taking

  • Do not stop without consulting your doctor
  • Wean off slowly

Warnings

  • Do not take this drug if you have taken a MAO inhibitor, monoamine oxidase (MAO) in the last five weeks.
  • Do not take this drug if you plan to have electro convulsive therapy (ECT).
  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant
  • Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant.
  • Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not give this drug to any one under eighteen. If over sixty only use drug in small doses and with close monitoring of it’s side effects.
  • Avoid alcohol – may increase the sedative effects of this drug.

Do not use if

  • You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.

Inform your Doctor if

  • You had negative reactions to this drug in the past.
  • If you have a history of seizures, recent heart attack, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or liver disease.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drug.
  • If you have epileptic fits.
  • If you are receiving electro convulsive therapy (ECT).
  • If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be under-going any medical tests.

Symptoms or Side Effects

Common

  • Diarrheoa
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry month
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Tingling
  • Vomiting.

Rare

  • Altered taste
  • Abnormal vision
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Tremor
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Increased sweating
  • Drowsiness
  • Hallucinations
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Numbness
  • Paresthesias
  • Tongue ulceration.

See doctor always

  • Altered taste
  • Abnormal vision
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Dry month
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Numbness
  • Paresthesias
  • Tongue ulceration.

See doctor if severe

  • Diarrheoa
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Tingling
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Tremors
  • Increased sweating.

See doctor NOW

  • Anemia
  • Hives
  • Skin rash
  • Seizures.