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Zoloft belongs to SSRIs and is prescribed to treat panic attacks, OCD, depression, social phobia, PDD and other mental disorders. This medication works by helping patients restore the balance of serotonin, a naturally-occurring substance, in their brain.
Zoloft is antidepressant that is categorized in the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that affects chemical composition in your brain. The chemical composition may be unbalanced due to depression, panic, obsessive compulsive and anxiety. In short, Zoloft is used to treat persons with depression, obsession, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, and post traumatic.
The recommended dosage for any adult taking the medication is 50gm once per day. This is after you have started with a dosage that is 25gm; as you continue taking Zoloft your doctor will advice on the method that you will use to increase your uptake.
For patients that are suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the process of treating it should start at 50gm, this either during the menstrual or daily. However, you doctor can opt to increase the dose depending on how your body is responding.
It also good that you take Zoloft in the morning or in the evening to increase its effectiveness; while with patients suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder should start on a dosage that is 25gm and on children that are below six and twelve years. In adults the medication can be initiated at a dose of 50gm.
If you are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder it will require several months to be treated and attending therapy; it will also require that you take the medication up to twenty eight weeks to have the desired results.
However, it is important that before you start any medication, you should visit your doctor to get the right prescription. It is advised against taking the drug when you have no recommendation from a doctor.
The most common side effects that are associated with Zoloft are, sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, skin rash, feeling tired, drowsiness, nervousness, headache, constipation, dry mouth and changes in appetite among many others.
However, there are other severe side effects that might occur in the course of your intake. You can experience stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, uneven heart beat, and feeling that you might pass out. Hallucinations are the other effect that might occur: if you notice the side effects then you should consult your doctor.
Zoloft can also cause other side effects if they are interacted with other drugs such as tagamet, orap and Coumadin. Before you decide to take them with the above drugs, you should consult your doctor. It is also not good to administer or take Zoloft when you are pregnant, it can have severe effects on the unborn.
There are cases of fatigue, flu like, memory impairment, abnormal cramps, when you abruptly stop taking the drug. You can avoid such side effects by ensuring that you finish your dose as prescribed by your doctor.
Precautions and warning
If you are allergic or you are taking another drug that treats the same illness, it is good that you get the right advice from your doctor. It will be very dangerous to take the drug if you have taken other drugs like methylene blue injection.
It can lead to interaction that can be harmful to your body; if you want to take any other drug, you should wait at least fourteen days. If you want to ensure that Zoloft is safe for you, you should confine to your doctor if you have been treated with liver disease, blood clot, seizures, bipolar and you have a history of drug abuse.
It is also recommended that you visit your doctor often when you are taking the drug; this is because it has been reported that it can lead to suicide cases. If there is anything wrong with the medication your doctor can help you correct it.
Taking Zoloft can also lead to lung problems for women that are pregnant; it can also cause other complications to the unborn. However, if you have used the drug, you should talk to you doctor to get treated.
Zoloft should not be stored in the bathroom or in any place in your house; you should keep it at room temperatures in a place that is away from heat or moisture. The place should not be accessible to children or any pet in your house.
When you want to dispose it, you should avoid the urge of flashing it in your toilet or in your drainage. If you are not sure, you can ask your doctor on the proper ways that you can dispose expired drugs.