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 1,859 943
Major depressive disorder 1,660 907
Post-traumatic stress disorder 755 453
Anxious mood 494 218
Panic disorder 324 205
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 216 160

Show all 187 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 270
Moderate 459
Mild 543
None 868

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sertraline

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 149
Weight gain 130
Dry mouth 82
Fatigue 74
Nausea 53
Insomnia 45

Show all 319 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sertraline

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 141
50 mg daily 110
200 mg daily 68
150 mg daily 49
25 mg daily 26
100 mg twice daily 16
75 mg daily 11
250 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 4
50 mg twice daily 3

See all 31 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sertraline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 794
Side effects too severe 521
Doctor's advice 453
Other 287
Course of treatment ended 97
Personal research 88
Expense 61
Change in health plan coverage 47
See all 1645 patients who've stopped taking Sertraline

Duration

Currently taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 139
5 - 10 years 112
10 years or more 124

Stopped taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 289
1 - 6 months 329
6 months - 1 year 258
1 - 2 years 247
2 - 5 years 294
5 - 10 years 146
10 years or more 94
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1675
Usually 304
Sometimes 76
Never taken as prescribed 85
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 87
Somewhat hard to take 144
A little hard to take 304
Not at all hard to take 1605
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 20
$50-99 21
$25-49 80
< $25 1072
Not specified 939

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sertraline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 110
Citalopram (Celexa) 79
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 63
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 51
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 40

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sertraline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 77
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 74
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 60
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 56
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 54

Show all 44 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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