What is Sertraline?

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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 1,840 922
Major depressive disorder 1,640 889
Post-traumatic stress disorder 749 451
Anxious mood 492 215
Panic disorder 321 202
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 215 157

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
Severe 261
Moderate 454
Mild 535
None 850

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sertraline

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 129
Dry mouth 80
Decreased sex drive (libido) 78
Fatigue 72
Loss of sex drive (libido) 72
Nausea 52

Show all 387 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sertraline

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 171
50 mg daily 136
200 mg daily 78
150 mg daily 69
25 mg daily 46
100 mg twice daily 20
75 mg daily 13
50 mg twice daily 8
20 mg daily 5
250 mg daily 4

See all 32 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sertraline

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 779
Side effects too severe 515
Doctor's advice 443
Other 287
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 85
Expense 60
Change in health plan coverage 45
See all 1614 patients who've stopped taking Sertraline

Duration

Currently taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 110
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 128
10 years or more 124

Stopped taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 285
1 - 6 months 325
6 months - 1 year 253
1 - 2 years 241
2 - 5 years 288
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 93
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1646
Usually 301
Sometimes 72
Never taken as prescribed 81
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 82
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 301
Not at all hard to take 1575
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 20
$50-99 20
$25-49 78
< $25 1056
Not specified 918

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sertraline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 102
Citalopram (Celexa) 81
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 62
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 51
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sertraline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 74
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 68
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 63
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 54
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 50

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

147 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.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 14, 2018 (Started Jan 25, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea, exhaustion, nausea)
  • 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 mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • 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 mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • 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 mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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