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What is Sertraline?
Sertraline is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a medicine that regulates the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin improves the transmission of messages between the nerve cells. Serotonin deficiency can lead to symptoms such as depression, anxiety or fear. Sertraline increases the amount of circulating serotonin in the brain, which helps relieve depression. Sertraline is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Sertraline used for?
Sertraline is used in the treatment of depression and various anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and excessive worrying. Sertraline may also be used to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation) and certain types of itching.
How to use Sertraline
Sertraline should be taken with liquid. The tablets can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food. It may take a while for the benefits of this medicine to appear. In most cases, it takes two weeks for Sertraline to reach full effect. If you feel your depression or anxiety has not improved after 10 weeks, talk to your doctor about alternative drug options. If Sertraline does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time to prevent relapse.
Sertraline tablets are available in 50 mg and 100 mg. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. The recommended dose for most types of depression is:
- Adults and children aged 13 and above: 50 mg once daily.
- Children aged 6 to 12: 25 mg once daily.
In most cases, the doctor will increase the starting dose until the most effective dose is reached. For other conditions, the doctor may prescribe a different dose.
In children aged 6 to 18 years, this medicine should only be used on advice of a doctor to treat anxiety disorders such as OCD. Read the package leaflet before use.
Sertraline may cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms;
- Sleepiness, drowsiness, dizziness;
- Sexual dysfunction;
- Sleep disorders.
Most side effects will reduce or disappear within a few days once the body adjusts to the medicine. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Sertraline
Sertraline is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antidepressant if:
- You are allergic to sertraline are any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI);
- You are taking an antipsychotic with the active ingredient pimozide;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken disulfiram (a medicine prescribed to recovering alcoholics to help them abstain from drinking alcohol).
If you have a health condition such as epilepsy, glaucoma or cardiac arrhythmia, consult a doctor before taking this medicine. It is also important that you tell the doctor what other medicines or nutritional supplements you are currently taking to avoid potential interaction.
Sertraline should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
Sertraline may cause sleepiness, tiredness, dizziness or nervousness. Stay out of traffic if you are less alert.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Sertraline as this is likely to worsen the side effects.