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Sertraline HCl - An Overview

Sertraline, marketed under the brand name Zoloft, is indicated for the treatment of conditions such as major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Push Health can connect people who need a sertraline HCl medication prescription, including generic sertraline 25 mg, sertraline 50 mg and sertraline 100 mg tablets, with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe sertraline medication when appropriate to do so.

What Is Sertraline Used For?

Sertraline prescription medication, like citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - similar to venlafaxine (Effexor) and different from NDRI medications like Wellbutrin. Sertraline is considered an antidepressant medication and is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Sertraline works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin (5-HT) - a chemical neurotransmitter - by neurons in the central nervous system. Serotonin has been seen to have effects on one's mood, sleep, anxiety and sexual behavior among other things and sertraline medication is thought to work by potentiating its activity.

Sertraline - Dosage and Cost

Sertraline medication is available as sertraline 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg tablets as well as in sertraline 20 mg/mL oral solution. Depending on the prescriber's judgment, the initial dose of sertraline is often 25 mg or 50 mg per day. Mean peak plasma concentrations of sertraline after once daily dosing of sertraline over two weeks occurred between 4.5 to 8.4 hours post-dosing. Sertraline undergoes extensive metabolism on the first pass. The average terminal elimination half-life of sertraline from plasma is approximately 26 hours. The bioavailability of sertraline tablets is about the same as an equivalent dose of oral sertraline solution. Sertraline tablets and oral solutions should generally be stored at 20° C to 25° C but consult the package insert for additional instructions. Generic sertraline is considered affordable, costing under thirty cents per pill at many pharmacies in the United States. Sertraline coupons are sometimes available online and the cost of sertraline tablets may also be covered by many insurance plans.

Can I Buy Sertraline Online?

Sertraline is a prescription medication in the United States and, as a result, one cannot just buy sertraline online without a prescription from a licensed medical provider. As a result, sertraline OTC is not available, either. The first step to getting sertraline HCl is consulting a medical practitioner. Push Health can connect people who need a sertraline prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe sertraline tablets, including sertraline 50 mg and sertraline 100 mg medication, when appropriate to do so.

Sertraline - Side Effects

The most common side effects from sertraline prescription medication use were nausea, diarrhea, tremor, dyspepsia, decreased appetite, hyperhidrosis, ejaculation failure and decreased libido although sertraline is typically tolerated well. Major side effects of sertraline use include serotonin syndrome, increased risk of bleeding, activation of mania / hypomania, seizures and angle closure glaucoma. Sertraline should not be used at the same time or within 14 days of stopping the use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), pimozide or disulfiram. Antidepressants like sertraline can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in pediatric and young adult patients. Sertraline and alcohol should not be used together. Sertraline tablets should not be used by anyone who has had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the medication in the past. Questions about sertraline's side effects should be directed to one's pharmacist and medical provider before use of sertraline prescription medication.

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Last updated January 3, 2022. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.