Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) is a prescription antidepressant medication approved to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
As an antidepressant, Zoloft works by helping to block the reuptake of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. A long-term study has shown that Zoloft can help prevent depression relapse.
Although most people do not experience problems with this antidepressant, Zoloft can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include headaches, insomnia, and nausea. The drug comes in both tablet and liquid forms and is generally taken once a day.
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