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Zaloft Profile:

Sertraline is used to treat mental depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Sertraline belongs to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines are thought to work by increasing the activity of the chemical serotonin in the brain.

Take Zaloft only as directed by your doctor, to benefit your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Sertraline may be taken with or without food on a full or empty stomach. This medicine should be taken once a day in the morning or at night. If your doctor tells you to take it a certain way, follow your doctor's instructions.

You may have to take Zaloft for 4 weeks or longer before you begin to feel better . Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits during this time. Also, if you are taking this medicine for depression, you may need to keep taking it for 6 months or longer to help prevent the return of the depression.

Zaloft Dosing:

The dose of Zaloft will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of Zaloft. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Adults:

For mental depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder:

To start, usually 50 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose gradually if needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 200 mg a day.

For panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder:

To start, usually 25 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose gradually if needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 200 mg a day.

For premenstrual dysphoric disorder:

To start, 50 mg once a day throughout your menstrual cycle or just during the premenstrual time. Your doctor may increase your dose if needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 150 mg a day throughout your menstrual cycle or 100 mg a day if you are only taking it during your premenstrual time.

Children:

For mental depression, post traumatic stress disorder, or panic disorder:

Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.

For obsessive-compulsive disorder:

Children younger than 6 years old - Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.

Children 6 to 12 years old - To start, usually 25 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose gradually if needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 200 mg a day.

Children 13 to 17 years old - To start, usually 50 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose gradually if needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 200 mg a day.

Older adults:

For mental depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, or social anxiety disorder (using capsules or tablets):

To start, usually 12.5 to 25 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose gradually if needed.

Missed dose of Zaloft:

Because Zaloft may be given to different patients at different times of the day, you and your doctor should discuss what to do about any missed doses.

Storage - To store Zaloft:

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
  • Keep the medicine from freezing. Do not refrigerate.
  • Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

Zaloft Side effects:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anxiety; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; or weight loss.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; black or bloody stools; chest pain; decreased bladder control; exaggerated reflexes; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; loss of coordination; new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; persistent, painful erection; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety or trouble sleeping; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; vision changes; or worsening of depression.