What is Sertraline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, is used in the treatment of major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 1890 969
Major depressive disorder 1735 950
Post-traumatic stress disorder 768 471
Anxious mood 497 216
Panic disorder 316 200
Generalized anxiety disorder 241 164

Show all 195 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 277
Moderate 473
Mild 575
None 919

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sertraline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 157
Weight gain 135
Dry mouth 82
Fatigue 77
Nausea 57
Insomnia 44

Show all 328 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sertraline

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 80
50 mg daily 47
200 mg daily 31
150 mg daily 29
25 mg daily 15
75 mg daily 8
100 mg twice daily 6
50 mg twice daily 3
20 mg daily 2
125 mg daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sertraline

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 819
Side effects too severe 531
Doctor's advice 467
Other 292
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 90
Expense 61
Change in health plan coverage 47
See all 1689 patients who've stopped taking Sertraline

Duration

Currently taking Sertraline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Sertraline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 293
1 - 6 months 337
6 months - 1 year 258
1 - 2 years 253
2 - 5 years 306
5 - 10 years 159
10 years or more 99
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1765
Usually 313
Sometimes 79
Never taken as prescribed 87
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 91
Somewhat hard to take 154
A little hard to take 313
Not at all hard to take 1686
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 21
$50-99 22
$25-49 84
< $25 1111
Not specified 998

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sertraline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 125
Citalopram (Celexa) 85
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 66
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 58
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 53

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sertraline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 81
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 79
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 65
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 61
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 60

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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144 patient evaluations for Sertraline

Mar 27, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking a new drug seems kinda hard, but it is very much worth it.

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 14, 2018 (Started Jan 25, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (exhaustion, nausea, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was still breastfeeding when I was on this. I quit taking it when my baby started experiencing the same side effects as I was. Apparently it can pass through the breastmilk in enough concentration to adversely affect my baby's physical health. Not worth it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 2, 2017 (Started Feb 16, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 1, 2015 (Started Feb 16, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I found that taking Sertraline was much more effective than any other Anti Depressants i have taken. My reason for stopping was to try and ascertain whether or not it was causing another Medical disorder, NIGHT SWEATING. IF the Night Sweating persists without the Sertraline i will probably go back to Sertraline
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2015 (Started Feb 16, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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