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 1,841 928
Major depressive disorder 1,641 895
Post-traumatic stress disorder 750 451
Anxious mood 492 216
Panic disorder 322 204
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 215 157

Show all 192 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 263
Moderate 455
Mild 535
None 855

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sertraline

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 148
Weight gain 130
Dry mouth 80
Fatigue 73
Nausea 52
Insomnia 45

Show all 386 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sertraline

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 170
50 mg daily 130
200 mg daily 79
150 mg daily 68
25 mg daily 42
100 mg twice daily 17
75 mg daily 15
50 mg twice daily 7
20 mg daily 5
250 mg daily 4

See all 35 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sertraline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 783
Side effects too severe 514
Doctor's advice 445
Other 288
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 85
Expense 59
Change in health plan coverage 45
See all 1620 patients who've stopped taking Sertraline

Duration

Currently taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 90
2 - 5 years 159
5 - 10 years 131
10 years or more 128

Stopped taking Sertraline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 285
1 - 6 months 326
6 months - 1 year 255
1 - 2 years 241
2 - 5 years 291
5 - 10 years 142
10 years or more 92
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1649
Usually 304
Sometimes 72
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 84
Somewhat hard to take 142
A little hard to take 302
Not at all hard to take 1580
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 20
$50-99 21
$25-49 79
< $25 1059
Not specified 921

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sertraline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 105
Citalopram (Celexa) 80
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 61
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) 75
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 68
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 61
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 55
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 51

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

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.

  • 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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