In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02244840 ||PMS-SERTRALINE 100MG CAPSULE|
|02244838 ||PMS-SERTRALINE 25MG CAPSULE|
|02244839 ||PMS-SERTRALINE 50MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Sertraline belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sertraline works by affecting the balance of chemicals in the brain. Specifically, it increases the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. Increased serotonin levels can help improve mood, reduce panic attacks, and treat OCD.
Although improvements may occur earlier, the full response to the medication may not appear until after 4 weeks of treatment or longer.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
For depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, the recommended doses range from 50 mg to 200 mg once daily, taken with food.
For panic disorder, the recommended doses range from 25 mg to 200 mg once daily.
Your doctor may start you on a lower dose and gradually increase your dose to one that's appropriate for you.
Sertraline should be taken with food, preferably in the evening. But if you prefer to take it in the morning, take it with breakfast. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, chew, or divide the capsules.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each hard gelatin capsule, with yellow opaque body imprinted "Sertraline" over "25" and yellow opaque cap imprinted with "P", contains sertraline HCl equivalent to sertraline 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque body imprinted "Sertraline" over "50" and yellow opaque cap imprinted with "P", contains sertraline HCl equivalent to sertraline 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Each hard gelatin capsule, with orange opaque body imprinted "Sertraline" over "100" and orange opaque cap imprinted with "P", contains sertraline HCl equivalent to sertraline 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take sertraline if you:
- are allergic to sertraline or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- are taking a MAO inhibitor (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide) or have taken a MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days
- are taking pimozide