Stress Medications

Zoloft- An Anti Anxiety Medication

Essentially, Zoloft is an antidepressant and used to treat various conditions such as depression, panic, anxiety and the like. This anti anxiety medication falls into the category drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This medication deals with the chemical imbalance in the brain and helps you overcome anxiety.

Zoloft should be taken in the same quantity as prescribed by the doctor as an overdose could result in irreversible side effects. Make sure to drink at least 8 ounces of water with the medicine. You can also take the medicine with or without food. It is recommended that you consume Zoloft anti anxiety medication at the same time of the day.

If you are using the liquid suspension form of Zoloft, make sure to dilute the liquid before you use it. You can use various liquids such as water, ginger ale, lemon, or orange juice to dilute the liquid. Be careful while diluting the medicine. Use a medication dropper to measure the medicine so that you mix it with a diluting liquid in the right quantities.

Not recommended for certain health conditions
Though Zoloft has been approved by the FDA, it is not advisable to use this anti anxiety medication in case you are suffering from any of these health conditions.

* Liver disease
* Kidney disease
* History of drug abuse
* Suicidal thoughts
* Manic depression

Side effects
Zoloft can have numerous side effects. The side effects of this anti anxiety medication include range from the less serious ones such as dryness in the mouth to the ones that can prove fatal like inability to breathe.

Some of the minor side effects of the Zoloft Anti Anxiety Medication are listed below.
* Fatigue and dizziness
* Insomnia
* Weight or diet fluctuations
* Decreased sex drive

The usage of this anti anxiety medication can result in the following severe side effects as well.
* High temperature
* Extreme stiffness in muscles
* Uneven heartbeats
* Fainting
* Hallucinations

Precautions and contraindications
You need to bear the following things in mind when using Zoloft.

* You may have suicidal thoughts initially on using the medicine.
* In case you want to stop consuming the medicine, make sure you consult the doctor.
* Zoloft is not approved to treat depression in children.
* This medication should not be consumed for people aged below 18 years.
* Avoid alcoholism when using Zoloft as it can cause certain side effects.
* Zoloft can counter interact with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
* Make sure that you store the medication at room temperature in a cool and dry place.

If you are using Zoloft to fight anxiety, it is recommended that you do so with proper consultation form a doctor.