Generic Name: SERTRALINE - ORAL Pronounced: (SER-truh-leen) Zoloft Oral Precautions
Before taking sertraline, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients (such as latex), which can cause allergic
reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
This liquid medication contains alcohol. Caution is
advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease. Some
medications (such as metronidazole, disulfiram) can cause a serious rea...
I recently spoke with a friend with diabetes who had just started Prozac. He was amazed to find he was having repeated hypoglycemia within days after starting the drug, and had to cut back on his insulin doses. He obviously wondered if it were somehow due to Prozac.
Prozac has been a wonder drug for the treatment of depression, but it has a possible effect on diabetes that has not been widely recognized. Prozac, a brand name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced in the 1980's, and was the first in a class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). It turns out that Prozac (and other SSRIs) have a possible effect of concern for people with diabetes: they can lower blood glucose enough to require downward adjustment of medications taken for control of diabetes.
I went to the drug's label, as posted at the FDA website. The possibility of hypoglycemia when on Prozac has been in the Prozac label for years. It currently reads :&...
Tailoring medication to the needs of the individual has always been something of a hit-and-miss affair when it comes to anxiety. The prescribing doctor has no way of predicting whether a patient will respond positively to the prescription they are about to write. Almost inevitably this leads to a series of repeat visits where the patient attempts to describe the effects of their medication and the doctor tries to modify their prescription or dosage accordingly.
A team of researchers have now focused their attention on mechanisms of the brain that may one day help doctors prescribe medication with a lot more certainty. Dr Luan Phan and colleagues, have recently reported some interesting findings in the Journal of Neuroscience, using a combination of brain scans and marijuana.
Marijuana contains the active ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is known to help reduce the brain's response to threats in a region of the brain known as the amygdala. The amygdala i...
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