Zoloft (sertraline) is a SSRI antidepressant popular because of its high efficiency and insignificant side effects. This drug is used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic, or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Your doctor needs to know you full medical history before prescribing Zoloft. You should inform your doctor of having liver or kidney disease, history of drug abuse, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, seizures or epilepsy. Some of these conditions may be contraindications in your particular case while in other cases your doctor may adjust the dose of this medicine. A tablet of Zoloft needs to be taken with a full glass of water; if it upsets your stomach you may take it with some food. If you are taking the liquid form make sure you measure the liquid with s special measure device to avoid overdose.
An increased incidence of suicidal thoughts has been reported during the first 3 months of treatment especially in patients younger than 24. If you have similar thoughts while taking this drug talk to your doctor and do not skip any of the appointments you have. This drug is FDA pregnancy category C - it can cause life-threatening problems in a baby if the mother was taking this drug when pregnant. At the same time a relapse of depression is possible if female patients who get pregnant stop taking the drug. If you become pregnant when taking Zoloft talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Do not stop taking this medication without previously consulting your health care provider.