The recommended starting dosage for those with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is Zoloft 50 mg once a day, either throughout the entire menstrual cycle or just during the last two weeks of the cycle (before a woman's period starts), depending on your healthcare provider's instructions. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the Zoloft dosage if symptoms continue, or decrease it if side effects occur.
The recommended starting dose of Zoloft for children ages 6 to 12 with OCD is Zoloft 25 mg once daily, while the starting dose for adolescents ages 13 to 17 is Zoloft 50 mg once daily. Your child's healthcare provider may choose to increase the dosage if symptoms continue, or decrease it if Zoloft side effects occur.
Information you need to know concerning your dose of Zoloft includes the following:
- The medication comes in tablet and liquid form. You take Zoloft by mouth -- usually once a day.
- Zoloft oral concentrate (the liquid form) must be diluted before each use. Measure the correct amount, then mix it with 4 ounces (half a cup) of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice. Do not mix the oral concentrate with any other beverages. Also, mix the concentrate immediately before taking it -- do not prepare it far ahead of the time you intend to take it.
- If the medication makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If Zoloft causes insomnia, try taking it in the morning.
- You can take Zoloft with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Take Zoloft at the same time each day. This will help maintain an even level in your blood.
- Abruptly stopping medications like Zoloft can result in withdrawal symptoms (see Zoloft Withdrawal for more information).
- For Zoloft to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you take it differently than how your healthcare provider prescribed it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Zoloft dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.