Zoloft for Panic Disorder
Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat a number of conditions, including panic disorder. Zoloft works by helping to block the reuptake of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. It is believed that conditions such as panic disorder occur when levels of serotonin in the brain become unbalanced.
People with panic disorder have recurrent, unexpected feelings of extreme fear and dread that strike for no apparent reason, causing their heart to race, as well as rapid breathing, sweating, and shakiness. These symptoms can send people to the hospital, believing they are having a heart attack. A panic attack may even occur when the person is not in a situation that would normally create stress, anxiety, or fear.
Zoloft is approved for the treatment of panic disorder in adults. This condition is a form of anxiety, and antidepressants (such as Zoloft) are often useful in treating anxiety disorders.
(Click What Is Zoloft Used For? for more information on using Zoloft for panic disorder and other conditions related to brain. This article also discusses how Zoloft works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)