Generic Name: Sertraline
Brand Name: Zoloft*
Drug Category: Anti-Depressants
Dosage Form: Tablets
Manufacturer's Name: Pfizer Limited
Generic for Zoloft*(Sertraline) is an anti-depressant medication used for treating major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Generic for Zoloft*(Sertraline) is an anti-depressant medication used for treating major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (impulse to perform certain actions repeatedly), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (irritability, mood swings, etc.), post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Drug Class and Mechanism:
Generic for Zoloft* belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the amount of a natural substance (serotonin) in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
The dosage of Generic for Zoloft* depends on your medical condition and history. Always follow the dosage instructions as prescribed by your physician or as mentioned on the prescription drug label. Do not take overdose of Generic for Zoloft*. Take it only for prescribed duration as recommended by your physician. Do not suddenly stop taking Generic for Zoloft* without consulting your doctor.
How should Generic for Zoloft* be taken?
Take Generic for Zoloft* at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food.
Take Generic for Zoloft* tablet with water.
Generic for Zoloft* Missed Dosage:
If you have missed a dose of Generic for Zoloft*, take one immediately as soon as you remember. But if it is already time for your next scheduled dosage, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as prescribed. Do not take extra dose to compensate for a missed dose.
Generic for Zoloft* Over Dosage:
Overdose of any medication can lead to serious consequences. Seek emergency medical attention if you suspect an overdose of Generic for Zoloft*. Overdose symptoms of Generic for Zoloft* include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation, confusion, tremors, seizures and coma.
As with any other medications, Generic for Zoloft* can cause some side effects that may be mild or temporary. It is important to note that side effects caused by Generic for Zoloft* cannot be anticipated. Some side effects of Generic for Zoloft* can be severe, so it is best to seek medical intervention if you are concerned about any of the side effects.
Serious Side Effects of Generic for Zoloft*:
- high fever, rigid muscles, overactive reflexes, uneven heartbeats;
- diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, memory problems;
- loss of coordination, unsteadiness, confusion, fainting, trouble concentrating, hallucinations, weakness, seizure, shallow breathing.
Common or Less Serious Side Effects of Generic for Zoloft*:
- drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness;
- constipation, stomach pain, upset stomach;
- dry mouth, changes in appetite, mild nausea;
- impotence, decreased sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm; or weight patterns
- insomnia or other sleep problems.
This is not the complete list of side effects of Generic for Zoloft* and others may occur. If you would like more information about other Generic for Zoloft* side effects, check with your doctor or health care provider.
When Generic for Zoloft* is taken with other medication or food, drug interactions may occur. Before combining Generic for Zoloft* with any other prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and dietary or vitamin supplements, it is important to check with your doctor about any possible drug interactions. Certain habits like smoking, consumption of alcohol and caffeine as well as the use of illegal drugs can affect the way a medicine works.
Generic for Zoloft* can interact with blood thinners, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and pain or fever medications. For a period of two weeks before starting as well as after stopping Generic for Zoloft*, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (which include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide and rasagiline) should not be taken, as serious drug interaction may occur.
Some of the drugs that can interact with Generic for Zoloft* are as follows:
This list is not complete and it may be noted that there may be other medications that can interact with Generic for Zoloft*.
In addition to prescribing Generic for Zoloft*, your doctor may advise supportive therapy that includes changes in lifestyle and behavior, psychotherapy and complementary therapies. As Generic for Zoloft* may cause dizziness, do not drive or perform any activity that requires alertness.
Generic for Zoloft* Contraindications:
Before taking Generic for Zoloft*, inform your doctor about all of your medical conditions or allergies, any medications you are using and whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, as these factors may affect the way you should take this medication.
Check with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver problems
- Bleeding problems
- Thyroid disease
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
Generic for Zoloft* use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Young mothers may experience a relapse of depression if they stop taking anti-depressants during pregnancy. However, Generic for Zoloft*, an SSRI anti-depressant, may cause serious lung problems in newborn babies whose mothers had taken the medication during pregnancy. Inform your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy or if you have become pregnant while taking Generic for Zoloft*.
Certain medications can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Before taking Generic for Zoloft*, inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding your baby.
Generic for Zoloft* for Pediatric use:
Generic for Zoloft* is not recommended for treating depression in children. However, Generic for Zoloft* is approved for use in children diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Generic for Zoloft* Storage Instruction:
Generic for Zoloft* can be stored at room temperature away from moisture and light. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not store the medicine in the bathroom. Contact your healthcare provider for proper disposal of drugs after their intended use.
The information provided here is a summary only and is intended to serve as a supplement and not a substitute for the knowledge and judgment of your physician. It should never be presumed that the use of Generic for Zoloft* can be safe or effective for your medical condition. Always consult your physician or medical practitioner about the use of this or any other drug.