Generic Zoloft (sertraline) is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) prescribed to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, panic attacks, and sometimes premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
What is Zoloft used for?
Zoloft is a prescription medication to treat several mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, social phobias, and panic attacks. It can also help with a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) called premenstrual dysphoric disorder that causes anger, depression, and irritability.
How Zoloft works
SSRIs work by increasing serotonin levels (a neurotransmitter) in the brain, and blocking it from being reabsorbed into the brain. This improves communication between neurons and maintains better serotonin balance, which boosts mood, sleep, energy levels, and appetite. It can also reduce panic attacks, fear, anxiety, and desire to perform compulsive activities.
Follow your doctor’s instructions and take exactly as prescribed.
Common side effects of Zoloft
Serious side effects:
Abnormal bleeding or bruising
Headache, confusion, weakness, unsteadiness, or memory problems
Rash, hives, swelling
Hallucinations, fever, fast heartbeat, severe muscle stiffness, twitching, agitation, confusion, nausea and vomiting
Zoloft dosage information
Zoloft comes in tablet and concentrated liquid form.