Taking ZOLOFT® (sertraline HCl) | Safety Info

GETTING STARTED
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WITH ZOLOFT

Your doctor has determined that ZOLOFT may be right for you. Follow his or her instructions carefully to help you get the best results from treatment.

ZOLOFT is available in 25, 50, and 100 mg tablets and a 20 mg/mL oral solution.

Not actual size.

IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN STARTING ZOLOFT

  • Take ZOLOFT exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • ZOLOFT and other antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some people 24 years of age and younger, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Watch for these changes and call your healthcare provider right away if you notice new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, actions, thoughts, or feelings, especially if severe. Pay particular attention to such changes when ZOLOFT is started or when the dose is changed.
  • Talk with your doctor if you experience any symptoms or side effects when taking ZOLOFT; he or she may need to change your dose until it is right for you. Learn about possible side effects with ZOLOFT.
  • ZOLOFT 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 ZOLOFT affects you. Do not drink alcohol while you take ZOLOFT.
  • Do not stop ZOLOFT without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping ZOLOFT too quickly may cause serious symptoms including anxiety, irritability, high or low mood, feeling restless or changes in sleep habits, headache, sweating, nausea, dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, shaking, and confusion.

MISS A DOSE?

  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
  • If it's almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time.
  • Do not take two doses of ZOLOFT at the same time.

IF YOU TAKE TOO MUCH ZOLOFT, DON'T WAIT

  • Call your healthcare provider or poison control center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
 
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