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Should I be taking Tegretol and Zoloft at the same time? I seem to be having serious side effects from the Tegretol and the Zoloft seems to be making them worse. I fact I feel worse for having taken the Zoloft. Before I just felt crummy and now I feel...
by Jessie Alexander in Australia, 12/13/2005
Zoloft (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Zoloft (Oral) Medication Classification
SERTRALINE (By mouth)
Zoloft (Oral) Brandname
Zoloft (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Sertraline (SER-tra-leen) Treats depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. This medicine is an antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
When To Not Use Zoloft (Oral)
You should not use sertraline if you have had an allergic reaction to it. You should not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor (such as Nardil®, Marplan®, or Parnate®) within the past 2 weeks. The liquid form of sertraline contains alcohol and should not be taken with disulfiram (Antabuse®).
How Should You Use Zoloft (Oral)
Capsule, Tablet, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may take this medicine with food to avoid stomach upset.
- The oral liquid medicine must be diluted just before you take it. Use the dropper provided with your medicine to measure your dose.
- Mix the oral liquid with one-half cup (4 ounces) of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice. Do not mix this medicine with any other types of liquid than those listed here. Drink the mixture right away. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Zoloft (Oral) Storage
Store Zoloft (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Zoloft (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Zoloft (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking Coumadin®, sumatriptan (Imitrex®), or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain killers, or sedatives).
- Tell your doctor if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) within the past 2 weeks.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Zoloft (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have seizures, diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disease.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- You may need to take this medicine for a couple of weeks before you start to feel better.
Zoloft (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Confusion, agitation, sweating, tremor, diarrhea, fever, and problems with coordination
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Fast pounding heartbeat
- Painful, ongoing erection of the penis not caused by sexual arousal
- Muscle stiffness, twitching, shaking, or uncontrolled muscle movements
- Vision changes If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Decreased interest in sex or loss of ability to ejaculate when having sex (men)
- Diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or weight loss
- Nervousness, trouble concentrating, or trouble sleeping
- Tremors (shakiness)