SERTRALINE HYDROCHLORIDE- sertraline hydrochloride tablet, film coated
Sertraline Hydrochloride Tablets
Read the Medication Guide that comes with sertraline hydrochloride tablets before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider if there is something you do not understand or want to learn more about.
What is the most important information I should know about sertraline hydrochloride?
Sertraline hydrochloride and other antidepressant medicines may cause serious side effects, including:
1. Suicidal thoughts or actions:
• New or sudden changes in mood, behavior, actions, thoughts, or feelings, especially if severe.
• Pay particular attention to such changes when sertraline hydrochloride is started or when the dose is changed.
Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider and call between visits if you are worried about symptoms.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
• attempts to commit suicide
• acting on dangerous impulses
• acting aggressive or violent
• thoughts about suicide or dying
• new or worse depression
• new or worse anxiety or panic attacks
• feeling agitated, restless, angry or irritable
• trouble sleeping
• an increase in activity or talking more than what is normal for you
• other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency. Sertraline hydrochloride may be associated with these serious side effects:
2. Serotonin Syndrome This condition can be life-threatening and may include:
3. Severe allergic reactions:
4. Abnormal bleeding: Sertraline hydrochloride and other antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen), or aspirin.
5. Seizures or convulsions
6. Manic episodes:
7. Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored during treatment.
8. Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include:
Do not stop sertraline hydrochloride without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping sertraline hydrochloride too quickly may cause serious symptoms including:
What is sertraline hydrochloride?
Sertraline hydrochloride is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. Sertraline hydrochloride is also used to treat:
Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with sertraline hydrochloride treatment.
Who should not take sertraline hydrochloride?
Do not take sertraline hydrochloride if you:
• Do not take an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping sertraline hydrochloride unless directed to do so by your physician.
• Do not start sertraline hydrochloride if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your physician.
People who take sertraline hydrochloride close in time to an MAOI may have serious or even life-threatening side effects. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:
• high fever
• uncontrolled muscle spasms
• stiff muscles
• rapid changes in heart rate or blood pressure
• loss of consciousness (pass out)
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking sertraline hydrochloride?
Ask if you are not sure.
Before starting sertraline hydrochloride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
• Medicines used to treat migraine headaches such as:
• Medicines used to treat pain such as:
• Medicines used to thin your blood such as:
• Medicines used to control your heartbeat such as:
• Medicines used to treat type II diabetes such as:
• Cimetidine used to treat heartburn
• Over-the-counter medicines or supplements such as:
• have liver problems
• have kidney problems.
• have heart problems
• have or had seizures or convulsions
• have bipolar disorder or mania
• have low sodium levels in your blood
• have a history of a stroke
• have high blood pressure
• have or had bleeding problems
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if sertraline hydrochloride will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of treating depression during pregnancy.
• are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. Some sertraline hydrochloride may pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while taking sertraline hydrochloride.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Sertraline hydrochloride and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects.
Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can tell you if it is safe to take sertraline hydrochloride with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking sertraline hydrochloride without talking to your healthcare provider first.
|If you take sertraline hydrochloride, you should not take any other medicines that contain sertraline (sertraline HCl, sertraline hydrochloride, etc.).|
How should I take sertraline hydrochloride?
What should I avoid while taking sertraline hydrochloride?
Sertraline hydrochloride can cause sleepiness or may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how sertraline hydrochloride affects you. Do not drink alcohol while using sertraline hydrochloride.
What are the possible side effects of sertraline hydrochloride?
Sertraline hydrochloride may cause serious side effects, including:
Common possible side effects in people who take sertraline hydrochloride include:
Other side effects in children and adolescents include:
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of sertraline hydrochloride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR MEDICAL ADVICE ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS. YOU MAY REPORT SIDE EFFECTS TO THE FDA AT 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store sertraline hydrochloride?
Keep sertraline hydrochloride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about sertraline hydrochloride
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use sertraline hydrochloride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give sertraline hydrochloride to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about sertraline hydrochloride. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You may ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about sertraline hydrochloride that is written for healthcare professionals.
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What are the ingredients in sertraline hydrochloride tablets?
Active ingredient: sertraline hydrochloride
Inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&C blue #1 aluminum lake 12% (in 25 mg tablet), FD&C blue #2 aluminum lake (in 50 mg tablet), yellow iron oxide (in 25 mg and 100 mg tablets), hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol and titanium dioxide.
Revised September 2013
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.