Sertralin (generic name: sertraline, brand names include: Zosert / lustral / Concorz / Eleva / Gladem / Atruline / sertraline / Sertranex / Stimuloton / Zosert) is a type of antidepressant called an inhibitor of reuptake of serotonin (SSRIS).
Sertralin is well tolerated and effective for the treatment of depression and anxiety to certain conditions.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Sertralin for the treatment of the following conditions in adults over the age of 18:
It is also approved for OCD in children and adolescents age 6-17 years. Sertralin has more FDA approval for short-term and long-term use of any other brand of its kind.
For more than 15 years, Sertralin safely and effectively treated millions of people suffering from depression and some anxiety disorders. Sertralin is available in multiple strengths, so your doctor can decide a dose for you.
Sertralin is not habit-forming and is not associated with weight gain.
With continued treatment, Sertralin can help to restore the balance of serotonin (a naturally occurring chemical in the brain) - which helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Sertralin helps the nerve cells send messages to each other as they should normally.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Follow the instructions for the use of this medicine prescribed by your doctor. Take Sertralin exactly as directed.
Sertralin may be taken with or without food. Take each tablet with water.
For depression in adults, the usual initial dose is one tablet of 50 mg per day. The dose may be gradually increased up to 200 mg per day if necessary.
It is easier to remember to take your pill if you take it at the same time each day.
The time it takes to feel better is different for everyone. Some of your symptoms may start to improve within 1 to 2 weeks or it could take up to eight weeks.
You must not stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.
If you forget to take Sertralin, do not take an extra dose. Wait until the next day and take the normal dose then.
As with many antidepressants, drinking alcohol while taking Sertralin is not recommended.
Store this medication at room temperature, away from heat and light.
Tell your doctor what medications you take. You should not take Sertralin if you take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or pimozide.
Active ingredient: sertraline.
Other ingredients: cellulose (microcrystalline), calcium phosphate hydrogen, hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium starch, magnesium stearate, white opadry, Opadry clear.
Sertralin does not contain gluten, lactose or sugar.