The antidepressant Sertraline is used to treat various types of nervous system disorders, as well as to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This is a prescription drug. It is not recommended to take it without consulting a doctor.
Sertraline should be used with caution. Tell your doctor about any drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken before using it. Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines to treat depression. It is also important to inform your doctor about any negative symptoms and illnesses you are having, as well as any allergic reactions. After analyzing all the factors, the doctor will decide if Sertraline is safe for you.
The drug is contraindicated within pregnant women and breastfeeding women, as it can be dangerous for the child. If you are pregnant and you are taking Sertraline, do not stop taking it abruptly without consulting your doctor.
It is forbidden to drink alcohol during treatment with Sertraline, as this can cause dangerous side effects. Until you are sure that this drug is safe for you, try to refrain from driving.
Application and Dosage
The drug is available in the form of a liquid and in the form of capsules for oral application. The capsules should be taken whole, without opening or breaking them, with a small amount of water. A liquid medicine is usually diluted with water or other liquid before use.
The total dose of Sertraline for depressed adult patients is usually 50mg, and it can be increased to 200mg. Each type of nervous disorder requires a certain dosage of the medication, which is determined by your doctor.
Dosages may vary depending on the health condition of the patients. Only a doctor can set, increase or decrease the dose of the medicine. It is forbidden to change the dosage on your own without consulting a doctor, as this may lead to negative effects.
The total dosage of the drug for the children, who are 6-12 years old, suffering from the obsessive-compulsive disorder, is usually 25 mg, and it can reach 200 mg with maintenance therapy. Older children (13-17 years) are usually prescribed an initial dose of 50 mg, reaching up to 200 mg with maintenance therapy.
Do not stop using the medication suddenly, as this may be hazardous to your health.
If you feel unwell after taking Sertraline in New Zealand, you should contact your doctor immediately. Like most medici in New Zealandnes, Sertraline can cause some side effects. Common adverse reactions include sexual problems, indigestion, diarrhea, and increased sweating.
If you are taking certain other medicines for treating depression, infections, asthma, cancer, HIV, and certain other conditions, Sertraline can cause serious heart problems.
If you experience any signs of allergy (rash, swelling, redness of the skin, etc.), seek medical help immediately.
Tell your doctor immediately about any negative changes in your behavior, especially if you begin to experience aggressiveness, impulsivity, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.
If this drug has been prescribed to your child, then you should watch the growth of the child throughout the treatment.
For a complete list of adverse reactions and possible drug interactions, contact your healthcare provider as the information in this article is not complete.
Store the medicine in a dark, dry place out of children at room temperature. Do not let other people use your medicines. Tell your doctor about any changes in your symptoms and take the medicine exactly as prescribed.