Zoloft is an antidepressant. It is the brand name for the chemical compound sertraline hydrochloride. Sertraline is thought to positively affect communication between nerve cells in the central nervous system, and restore chemical balance in the brain.
Reasons Why People Take Zoloft
Zoloft was introduced to the marked by the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer in 1991, and it has been very popular ever since. Some of the reasons for people taking Zoloft are:
Pfizer claims that Zoloft can correct ‘serotonin imbalance’ in the brain, and thus correct depression, even though there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory. However, the way Zoloft is marketed may lead people to believe that extra serotonin in the brain relieves depression, and therefore buy Zoloft.
It’s Effective for Clinical Depression
Five to eight percent of the adult population in the US is affected by clinical depression every year. Zoloft has minor side effects, but is very effective, and therefore it is the most prescribed antidepressant out there.
It’s Safe to Take
There are no known permanent side effects that come with long term Zoloft use. Hence it is considered a safe and effective medication, when used as prescribed.
It’s Fast Acting
One doesn’t have to take Zoloft for very long to notice it’s effectiveness. After taking Zoloft for only 1 to 2 weeks, users have reported improvements in sleep, energy or appetite. All of these are important indications that the medication is working, as it usually takes a total of 4 to 6 weeks to alleviate symptoms of depression.
Treatment for Mental Health Conditions
Although Zoloft was originally marketed for depression, it can also be used to treat many different mental disorders. According to a mental health survey for the National Mental Health Association, an estimated third of American adults experience symptoms related to mental health disorders, including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, PTSD and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
FDA Warnings for Zoloft
Zoloft is not for everyone however. There have been warnings issued by the FDA about the increased risk suicidal thoughts or actions, serotonin syndrome and persistent pulmonary hypertension for certain risk groups taking Zoloft. Furthermore, Zoloft should not be taken with other medications.
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