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Generic Name: Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid (SER tra leen)
Brand Name: Zoloft
Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018
- Drugs like this one have raised the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions in children and young adults. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. All people who take sertraline oral concentrate and liquid need to be watched closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
Uses of Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid:
- It is used to treat low mood (depression).
- It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive problems.
- It is used to treat panic attacks.
- It is used to treat post-traumatic stress.
- It is used to treat mood problems caused by monthly periods.
- It is used to treat social anxiety problems.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid?
- If you have an allergy to sertraline or any other part of this medicine.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have liver disease.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
- If you are taking pimozide.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking sertraline oral concentrate and liquid within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you have a latex allergy. The dropper has rubber.
- If you are taking disulfiram.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this form of this medicine if you are pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with sertraline oral concentrate and liquid.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take sertraline oral concentrate and liquid. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Do not stop taking sertraline oral concentrate and liquid all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of side effects. If you need to stop this medicine, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking sertraline oral concentrate and liquid.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- In depression, sleep and appetite may get better soon after starting this medicine. Other low mood signs may take up to 4 weeks to get better.
- This medicine may raise the chance of a broken bone. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may raise the chance of bleeding. Sometimes, bleeding can be life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine can cause low sodium levels. Very low sodium levels can be life-threatening, leading to seizures, passing out, trouble breathing, or death. Talk with the doctor.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen. The risk may be greater if you take sertraline oral concentrate and liquid with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine.
- If you are 65 or older, use sertraline oral concentrate and liquid with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine is not approved for use in all children. Talk with the doctor to be sure that this medicine is right for your child.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Taking sertraline oral concentrate and liquid late in pregnancy may raise the chance of breathing or feeding problems, low body temperature, or withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid) best taken?
Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Only use the measuring device that comes with this liquid drug.
- Mix liquid with 1/2 cup of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice.
- After mixing, take your dose right away. Do not store for future use.
- This medicine may look hazy after mixing. This is normal.
- This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking sertraline oral concentrate and liquid with your other drugs.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking this medicine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low sodium levels like headache, trouble focusing, memory problems, feeling confused, weakness, seizures, or change in balance.
- Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Not able to control bladder.
- Very bad headache.
- A big weight gain or loss.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- Change in sex ability.
- For females, menstrual changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles
- Some people may have a higher chance of eye problems with sertraline oral concentrate and liquid. Your doctor may want you to have an eye exam to see if you have a higher chance of these eye problems. Call your doctor right away if you have eye pain, change in eyesight, or swelling or redness in or around the eye.
What are some other side effects of Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Dry mouth.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Not able to sleep.
- Sweating a lot.
- Not hungry.
- Belly pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Sertraline Oral Concentrate and Liquid?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about sertraline oral concentrate and liquid, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Review Date: December 6, 2017
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