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What is Zoloft?

Zoloft is a prescription medicine that treats depression, social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Zoloft is not approved or promoted for the treatment of depression in children or adolescents.

Zoloft belongs to a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Zoloft works to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain which may be related to symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Zoloft is also called sertraline HCL.

Who Should Not Take Zoloft?

If you are currently taking a pimozide or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) you should not take Zoloft.

Side Effects of Zoloft

Some of the common side effects of zoloft are:

  • dry mouth
  • insomnia
  • sexual side effects
  • diarrhea, nausea
  • sleepiness

Emergency Side Effects of Zoloft

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Zoloft and call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:

  • difficulty breathing
  • closing of your throat
  • swelling of your lips, tongue, or face
  • hives
  • an irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • high blood pressure
  • severe headache
  • blurred vision
  • chills or fever

Symptoms of Overdose

Symptoms of a Zoloft overdose include nausea, vomiting, tremor, agitation, drowsiness, seizures, hyperactivity, and enlarged pupils. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

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