Zoloft (sertraline) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication. It is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Zoloft works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood, sleep, and appetite. By increasing serotonin levels, Zoloft can help to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and promote sleep.
Zoloft is generally safe and effective for most people. However, it can cause some side effects, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Sexual side effects, such as decreased libido and ejaculation failure
Zoloft can also interact with other medications, such as blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants. It is important to tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking before starting Zoloft.
If you are experiencing any side effects from Zoloft, be sure to talk to your doctor. They may be able to adjust your dose or prescribe other medications to help manage your side effects.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about Zoloft:
- It can take several weeks to start feeling the full effects of Zoloft.
- It is important to take Zoloft as prescribed by your doctor, even if you start to feel better.
- Do not stop taking Zoloft without talking to your doctor. Stopping Zoloft suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, and headaches.
If you have any questions or concerns about Zoloft, be sure to talk to your doctor.