Zoloft is an antidepressant drug used to treat a range of mental illness conditions including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, some severe premenstrual disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) among other things. The drug falls into the category of SSRI treatments (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which are believed to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders by increasing the available level of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for the regulation of moods, in the brain. The drug is widely effective in the treatment of mental disorders although patients prescribed this treatment need careful monitoring in the early days of treatment.
Zoloft is a useful drug when prescribed as intended, however it is recognized that this treatment can cause an initial worsening in the symptoms of some depressive disorders when first taken, meaning that this course of treatment must be approached with caution. Patients who have been prescribed this antidepressant should be watched closely and should consult with their physician in the event that they experience any new symptoms or a deterioration of their existing condition. Things to watch out for include; impulsive behavior, irritability, agitation, hostility, aggression, restlessness, hyperactivity, or a worsening depression. Occasionally patients prescribed this treatment will find themselves entertaining thoughts of self harm or suicide and will need reassessing by their doctor immediately.
While Zoloft is a commonly prescribed antidepressant it is not a suitable drug treatment for everyone suffering from the mental symptoms and disorders listed above. Zoloft should not be taken in conjunction with another common and powerful antidepressant drug called MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) nor with the drugs tranylcypromine sold as Parnate, phenelzine sold as Nardil, rasagiline sold as Azilect or selegiline sold as Eldepryl and Emsam as combining this antidepressant with any of these can have fatal consequences. Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should consult with their doctor if they are being treated with Zoloft. Women already taking Zoloft should not stop taking their medication without speaking to their doctor, even if they discover they are pregnant.
Zoloft is an effective antidepressant drug and as such is widely prescribed in the US. Most major medical health insurance plans will fund treatment with this pharmaceutical, but patients with supplemental plans will need to check their policy as many insurance plans of this type will not pay out for drugs prescribed in the treatment of mental illness conditions such as depressive illness or anxiety and panic disorders.
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