Zoloft - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Zoloft: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Zoloft?

Zoloft (generic name: sertraline) belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is an antidepressant used to treat depression, anxiety, panic, or social anxiety disorder. Zoloft, which is a prescription drug, is also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is also approved for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults, children, and adolescents aged 6-17 years.

What are the Uses of Zoloft?

Zoloft, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, is an orally administered prescription drug used to treat conditions such as depression, panic, or anxiety.

It is also used to treat social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is approved to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults, children, and adolescents aged 6-17 years.

It is recommended that you closely monitor your child’s height and weight when on this prescription.

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What are the Side Effects of Zoloft?

Common side effects for adults and children include fatigue, drowsiness, insomnia, nausea, indigestion, and increased sweating.

Adult side effects of Zoloft include sexual problems such as decreased sex drive, while the additional side effects for children include aggression, nose bleed, frequent urination, and weight change.

Thought on suicide, violent behaviour, panic attacks, and seizures are signs of severe side effects.

Zoloft can trigger allergic reactions, exhibited as trouble breathing, rash, or swelling of the face.

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S.no Product Name Dosage Form
1. Serta Sertraline 25mg/50mg/100mg Tablet
2. Zoloft Sertraline 50mg/100mgZosert Tablet
3. Daxid Sertraline 25mg/50mg/100mg Tablet
4. Zosert Sertraline 25mg/50mg/100mg Tablet
5. Zotral Sertraline 50mg Tablet


Frequently Asked Questions about Zoloft

1. Can I go straight from Zoloft to Lexapro?

Zoloft and Lexapro are antidepressants, but there are certain conditions that only Zoloft is approved to treat. There are several ways to switch between them – direct switch, tapered switch, or taper-washout- switch (where you wait for around six weeks for the first drug to be eliminated from the system). Switching depends on the severity of symptoms and drug interactions.

2. Does Zoloft increase serotonin?

Zoloft, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, is thought to work by preventing the reuptake of serotonin by nerves. This leads to a rise in serotonin concentrations within the synapse or the space between two nerves.

3. How safe is Zoloft?

Zoloft is a relatively safe antidepressant used to treat certain psychiatric disorders. Side effects of the drug include anxiety, drowsiness, insomnia, and nausea. Zoloft, a prescription drug, may also trigger allergic reactions, exhibited as trouble breathing or swelling of the face, and put one at risk for a rare, possibly life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome.

4. Is Zoloft good for anxiety?

More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Zoloft, which are known to decrease fear, anxiety, and the number of panic attacks.

But these drugs sometimes worsen anxiety in the first few weeks of use. Consult a doctor if you experience increased anxiety when on a prescribed dosage of Zoloft.

5. Can Zoloft initially raise blood pressure?

Antidepressants known not to cause high blood pressure as a side effect are called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), such as sertraline (the generic name for Zoloft).

But ensure that your health care provider knows if you have a pre-existing health condition such as hypertension.

6. Is Zoloft a stimulant?

When taken with the prescribed dosage, Zoloft can make people feel less anxious or fearful, improve sleep quality, appetite, energy levels, reduce panic attacks and restore interest in daily life. Zoloft affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in those with psychiatric disorders such as depression, panic, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

7. How does Zoloft make you feel?

Zoloft (sertraline) may make you feel uncomfortable at first as your body starts to process the drug. But after a couple of weeks, when your body gets used to the medication, these side effects will go away.

Consult a medical health professional if the side effects persist.

8. Are Zoloft and Xanax the same thing?

Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, while Xanax is a benzodiazepine. While Zoloft is sometimes prescribed for long-term use, Xanax is used as a short-term drug, although some patients use it longer under a doctor’s supervision. Both are prescription drugs.

9. Why is Zoloft bad for you?

Though a relatively safe antidepressant, Zoloft may put you at risk for a rare, possibly life-threatening, serotonin syndrome condition. Other side effects include anxiety, insomnia, and nausea.

Zoloft may also trigger allergic reactions, exhibited as trouble breathing or swelling of the face.

Consult a doctor regarding precautions and dosages of the drug.

10. Will Zoloft make me happy?

Many people who take Zoloft have reported feeling better and more positive. Zoloft, an antidepressant, works by blocking the reabsorption of the chemical serotonin in the brain, leaving more of the neurotransmitter available in the body. Serotonin helps regulate mood, which reportedly is the reason people feel better after taking the drug.

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