Sertraline is used in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and, sometimes, headache and disorders of the sexual sphere . It is a drug that is also used in the treatment of the following pathologies: depression , obsessive-compulsive disorder , panic attacks , post traumatic stress disorder and social phobia .
How does the Sertalina work?
Sertraline works by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter Serotonin , also known as the “good mood hormone” . It is a drug belonging to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
How is Sertalina taken?
Sertraline is taken in the form of tablets or liquid oral solution . The dosage is generally one dose per day, to be taken in the morning or evening. If used in the treatment of symptoms caused by PMS , it should only be taken on certain days of the month.
Your doctor may prescribe a low starting dose and then gradually increase it if necessary.
Side effects of the Sertalina
Sertraline can cause corner closure glaucoma. Among its other potential side effects it is necessary to report:
- He retched
- dry mouth
- gas or bloating
- loss of appetite
- weight changes
- excessive tiredness
- pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
- uncontrollable tremors
- sore throat
- problems in the sexual sphere
- excessive sweating
In the event that these symptoms are serious, or do not resolve, it is good to contact your doctor. A doctor should be contacted without hesitation in case the intake of the drug gives rise to:
- fever, sweating, confusion, fast or irregular heart beat and severe muscle stiffness
- bleeding or bruising
- visual or auditory hallucinations
Contraindications and warnings on the use of the Sertalina
Before Sertraline fully reaches its effectiveness, it may take a few weeks. In any case, treatment should never be stopped without talking to your doctor first.
The Disulfam should never be taken during therapy with sertraline.
Sertraline can reduce the ability to drive and operate dangerous machinery .
Before starting Sertraline therapy it would be advisable to notify your doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance, to any other medication or latex;
- of the medicines, phytotherapics and supplements you are taking, in particular MAO inhibitors (even if the intake has been stopped in the previous two weeks), Disulfiram, anticoagulants, antidepressants, Aspirin or other Fans, Cimetidine, Diazepam, Digoxin, Linezolid , Lithium, drugs for anxiety, Parkinson’s or irregular heartbeat, psychotropic drugs, anticonvulsants, methylene blue, antidiabetic agents, drugs for migraine, sedatives, sibutramine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from seizures or liver or heart disease;
- if you have recently had a heart attack ;
- if you drink more than two servings of alcohol per day ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .