Zoloft dosage

Zoloft belongs to the category known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). It has the chemical substance sertraline in it. Sertraline treats panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression mainly. It is used for treating many more conditions than those cited above. The dosage of this medicine prescribed by your doctor may vary depending on several factors such as your age, the medical condition for which you are receiving treatment, other medical conditions that you may have, and other medications that you may be taking. You should not adjust the dose of Zoloft unless your doctor specifically advises you to do so.

The dosage of Zoloft recommended for people having depressing or obsessive - compulsive disorder is 50 mg per day. Your doctor may decide to increase the dosage if you continue to have the symptoms of these conditions, or decrease the dosage if you begin experiencing side effects. The starting dose of Zoloft recommended for people having panic disorder, social anxiety disorder or post-traumatic disorder is 25 mg per day. Your doctor may observe you with this dosage for a week, after which he/she may increase the dosage to 50 mg per day if necessary. Your doctor may also increase the dosage of Zoloft if your symptoms continue or decrease the dosage if you start experiencing side effects.

The starting dosage recommended for women having premenstrual dysphoric disorder is 50 mg of Zoloft per day. This medication may be prescribed either for the whole menstrual cycle or for taking only during the last two weeks of the cycle, namely, before start of the menstrual period. The dosage and course should be followed strictly as prescribed by the doctor. Your doctor may think of increasing the Zoloft dosage if the symptoms continue or decrease it if you start feeling side effects.

The starting dosage of Zoloft recommended for children between 6 to 12 years of age having obsessive-compulsive disorder is 25 mg of Zoloft per day. For adolescents between 13 to 17 years of age, the recommended starting dosage of Zoloft is 50 mg per day. The doctor who treats your child may decide to increase the dosage if symptoms continue in your child or decrease the dosage if your child develops side effects.

Zoloft is available in the form of tablet and liquid as well. This medicine is meant for oral administration, usually once in a day. Before taking the oral concentrate, namely the liquid form of Zoloft, you should dilute it. This means, every time you use this oral concentrate, it should be in diluted condition. You should first measure the correct amount and then mix it with 4 ounces or half a cup of water, lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, orange juice or lemonade. You should not mix this oral concentrate with any other beverages for medical use. Take care that you mix the concentrate just before your using it. Do not keep it prepared when you have the time of use far ahead.

If you have a feeling of drowsiness after taking Zoloft, you can try to take it before bed time. If this medicine causes insomnia in you, try to take it in the morning time. Zoloft can be taken with or without food. If this medicine creates problem in your stomach, take it together with food. You should follow a fixed time every day for taking Zoloft. This practice will help maintain an even level of this drug in your blood. You should not stop this medicine abruptly. Stopping this medicine suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. You should take Zoloft strictly as prescribed so that it works properly in you. Zoloft will not work if you take it differently than how your doctor has prescribed it.

In conclusion, if you are not sure about anything related to your dosage of Zoloft, consult your doctor, pharmacist or nurse and do not discontinue this drug without consulting your doctor.

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