Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of depression. It is also approved to treat various other conditions within the brain, including:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
There are two different forms of Zoloft: tablets and a liquid. The medicine is taken by mouth, typically once a day. If the drug makes you drowsy, you should try taking it before bedtime; if it causes insomnia, try taking it in the morning.
Zoloft belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It works by balancing serotonin levels in the brain, which often helps with symptoms of depression and similar conditions. Long-term studies have also shown that people taking Zoloft were less likely to have a relapse.
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