Sertraline, what do patients say about it?
April 2, 2018

Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which is prescribed to treat symptoms of depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is a widely prescribed medication, which people usually take for months or even years. Full effects of the medication can be seen four to six weeks into the treatment. Sadly, a majority of patients report some notable side effects.

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bowel issues
  • Deceased libido
  • Weight gain

Upping your dose may also increase these side-effects. However, if you are suffering from side-effects such as nausea or bowel issues, it is recommended that you take Sertraline in the evening. A change in routine may be quite difficult to adapt to, and it would be easy to forget a daily dose. And although withdrawal and depressive or anxiety symptoms would not resurface after missing a single dose, it is possible that they would resurface after a few days.

This is why Medsmart® can be useful to organise reminders and notifications to ensure that you do not miss a dose, even while you change your routine to avoid side-effects! Simply scan your medicine box to get all the information about the ingredients and possible allergies, and to set up reminders. Medsmart® also enables you to share this information with others, so you can help others manage their medication more efficiently!

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Written by Julie Regamey.



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