Zoloft is an antidepressant, whose mechanism of action consists in the inhibition of the reuptake of serotonin in neurons. It means that the quantity of serotonin at the connections of neurons and a speed of transmission of the nerve impulses increasing, which has a calming effect, reduces the anxiety, panic and depression.
Zoloft is a mild antidepressant, so it is advisable to include it in the course of treatment of various depressions (including against the background of internal organs disorders, accompanied by the bad mood or anxiety attacks (suddenly beginning and ending panic attacks).
Zoloft is also effective for the treatment of hidden and atypical depressions, manifested in the forms of signs of various diseases of nervous system and internal organs (including chronic pains) and taken off during the treatment of depression. Treatment with Zoloft successfully removes the manifestations of depression, anxiety and the signs of internal organs and autonomic nervous system disorders, promotes the normalization of sleep and elimination of painful syndrome.
Recently, Zoloft has been actively used for the treatment of patients with the organic (visible changes in the tissue) neurological diseases, accompanied by depression. Zoloft has a good effect for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (neurological disease, characterized by the characterized by random motions disorder) and Alzheimer’s disease (dementia).
Zoloft is often used for the treatment of social phobias (social anxiety).
Contraindications to the use of Zoloft:
pregnancy and lactation;
children under six years of age;
hypersensitivity to the drug.
The patients with organic brain diseases, convulsive seizures, liver and kidney dysfunctions and the underweight persons must take Zoloft with caution.
You shouldn’t mix Zoloft with other drugs, having a psychoactive effect, as they can be mutually reinforcing.
Possible side effects of Zoloft
The use of Zoloft can cause the following side effects:
Central and peripheral nervous system: headache, dizziness, trembling of extremities, sleep disorder (insomnia or, on the contrary, drowsiness), anxiety, agitation, walking, vision and sensitivity disorders, very rarely – seizures; the abrupt refusal of Zoloft can cause the withdrawal symptoms: depression, hallucinations (the persons sees the things that aren’t actually there), aggressive behavior, agitation, anxiety;
General disorders: weakness, excessive sweating, weight loss or gain;
Gastrointestinal tract: decrease in appetite (sometimes its increase), dry mouth, stomachache, flatulence, sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes- liver dysfunctions;
Sexual dysfunctions: decreased libido, delayed ejaculation, impotence;
Cardiovascular system: irregular heartbeat, blood flow to the face, nasal bleedings;
Skin: rash (including the allergic one).
Endocrine system: menstrual disorders.
Zoloft is a drug that helps you to overcome difficult, sometimes even impossible situations.