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What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is an antidepressant drug developed by Pfizer and approved by the FDA in 1991. While it is not the most popular drug of its kind on the market, Zoloft is still incredibly successful. In 2011, the drug was sold 35 million times in the USA, a staggering number that justifies the prevalence of its name and makes it the second best-selling antidepressant in the world. Zoloft is usually classified as a selective serotonin uptake inhibitor (SSRI). As you can infer from the name, SSRI’s affect the reuptake of serotonin in the body, which is responsible for a range of complex emotional reactions.
What are the indications for using Zoloft?
Zoloft can be prescribed to treat the following mental conditions:
- Major depressive disorder. It is believed that more than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental health issues. Depression can be described as a prolonged state of emotional turmoil. Patients experiencing depression tend to be pessimistic, to lose interest in things that used to bring them pleasure, undergo long low moods and low self-esteem.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is another highly prevalent disorder that manifests itself as intrusive thoughts that people get regarding daily activities or objects. This leads to all kinds of irrational behavior. One of the best examples of OCD is when patients feel the strong compulsion to clean everything around them. They feel threatened by germs and won’t feel comfortable until they have spent hours scrubbing clean everything around them.
- Panic disorder. This disorder manifests itself as a fear of an object, person, action, or other subjects. Not only does interaction with the aforementioned antagonist cause emotional distress, but it also causes a physical reaction in the body.
What is the dosage of Zoloft?
Zoloft is usually sold in the form of 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg tablets, which should be taken orally. The standard daily dose is 50mg for adults, but it may vary based upon the condition being treated and the effectiveness of treatment.
What are the contraindications for using Zoloft?
Like all drugs, Zoloft is contraindicated to patients who are allergic to it. Furthermore, Zoloft is known to interact with MAOI’s, pimozide, antiplatelet drugs, NSAID’s and blood thinners. Finally, it may be dangerous for people with a history of thyroid disease, glaucoma, liver disease and seizure disorder to take this drug.
What are the adverse effects of Zoloft?
Weight gain, diarrhea, nausea and drowsiness are listed as the most common Zoloft side effects.