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 1876 953
Major depressive disorder 1709 934
Post-traumatic stress disorder 770 465
Anxious mood 497 215
Panic disorder 321 205
Generalized anxiety disorder 228 157

Show all 193 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 273
Moderate 469
Mild 557
None 893

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sertraline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 152
Weight gain 134
Dry mouth 82
Fatigue 75
Nausea 56
Insomnia 45

Show all 323 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sertraline

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 100
50 mg daily 80
200 mg daily 59
150 mg daily 35
25 mg daily 24
75 mg daily 13
100 mg twice daily 9
50 mg twice daily 5
20 mg daily 3
37.5 mg daily 2

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sertraline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 811
Side effects too severe 531
Doctor's advice 465
Other 287
Course of treatment ended 97
Personal research 88
Expense 61
Change in health plan coverage 47
See all 1674 patients who've stopped taking Sertraline

Duration

Currently taking Sertraline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 85
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 78

Stopped taking Sertraline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 296
1 - 6 months 336
6 months - 1 year 258
1 - 2 years 249
2 - 5 years 300
5 - 10 years 151
10 years or more 98
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1720
Usually 307
Sometimes 79
Never taken as prescribed 86
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 88
Somewhat hard to take 149
A little hard to take 313
Not at all hard to take 1642
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 20
$50-99 21
$25-49 84
< $25 1090
Not specified 969

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sertraline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 119
Citalopram (Celexa) 83
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 64
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 53
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 48

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sertraline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 83
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 75
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 64
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 60
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 58

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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146 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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