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Zoloft® treats depression
and some anxiety disorders
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Many people living with depression or certain anxiety disorders find Zoloft® ® (Sertraline) and its generic to be an effective treatment with relatively few side effects. Sertraline is an SSRI antidepressants with most of the pros and cons of other medications in that class.
Sertraline tablets are used as a treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults and the liquid concentrate is used to treat MDD and some anxiety related disorders, including panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
First approved in 1991, Zoloft® has been the top-selling antidepressant in the U.S. Its patent expired in 2006 and in June, the FDA approved the first generic versions. Generic sertraline tablets are made by Ivax Pharmaceuticals and sertraline hydrochloride oral concentrate is made by Roxane Laboratories.
does it work?
How is it taken?
Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor will gradually reduce the amount you are taking to decrease the chance of having discontinuation symptoms.
How fast does it work?
What are its side effects?
Side effects that
may be temporary:
Side effects that
may need medical attention
Like all antidepressants, Zoloft® could trigger a manic episode. Let the doctor know if you've ever had this problem.
Always tell your doctor immediately if you are having suicidal thoughts or your depression is getting worse.Related articles
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Page updated March 1, 2010