Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Zoloft?

Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant that belongs to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses.

2. How does Zoloft work?

Zoloft works by increasing levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps regulate mood. Increasing serotonin levels can improve mood, appetite, sleep, and energy levels, as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

3. How to take Zoloft?

Zoloft should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is usually taken once a day, in the morning or evening, with or without food. It is important to stick to the prescribed dosage and not to skip taking the medication.

4. What side effects can occur while taking Zoloft?

The most common side effects include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, increased sweating, and changes in appetite. If you experience serious side effects such as suicidal thoughts, seizures, or severe allergic reactions, contact your doctor immediately.

5. Can I take Zoloft during pregnancy?

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor about taking Zoloft. The drug may have risks to the fetus, but in some cases the benefits to the mother may outweigh these risks.

6. How long should I take Zoloft for?

The length of treatment depends on your condition and your response to the drug. Some people may take Zoloft for a few months, while others may take it for several years. Never stop taking Zoloft without consulting your doctor.

7. Can Zoloft be addictive?

Zoloft is not physically addictive; however, stopping taking it may cause withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include irritability, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Therefore, it is important to reduce the dose gradually under a doctor's supervision.

8. Is Zoloft compatible with other medicines?

Zoloft may interact with other medications, so it is important to inform your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking. It is especially important to avoid taking Zoloft with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and other SSRIs at the same time.

9. What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Zoloft, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.

10. How to store Zoloft?

Store Zoloft at room temperature, in a dry place, away from direct light and moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children.