sertraline, Zoloft (cont.)

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It is believed that some illnesses such as depression are caused by disturbances in the balance between serotonin and other neurotransmitters. The leading theory is that drugs such as sertraline restore the chemical balance among neurotransmitters in the brain. The FDA approved sertraline in December 1991.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 25, 50, and 100 mg; oral concentrate: 20 mg/ml

STORAGE: Sertraline should be stored at room temperature between 15C-30C (59F-86F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Sertraline is used for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sertraline also is used for treating social anxiety disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

DOSING: The recommended dose of sertraline is 25-200 mg once daily. Treatment of depression, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and social anxiety disorder is initiated at 25-50 mg once daily. Doses are increased at weekly intervals until the desired response is seen.

The recommended dose for PMDD is 50-150 mg every day of the menstrual cycle or for 14 days before menstruation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/21/2014

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