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Zoloft - Drug Description



ZOLOFT is a prescription medicine used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (also called OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (also called PTSD) in adults. ZOLOFT is also used to treat OCD in children (ages 6-12) and adolescents (ages 12-17).


Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. You may have depression if you have five or more of the following symptoms and you have these symptoms almost all of the time during the same two-week period or longer. At least one of the symptoms must be a ?sad? feeling that will not go away or a loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. Other symptoms are:

changes in sleeping patterns
restlessness or slowed movements
fatigue or lack of energy
changes in appetite or weight
feeling worthless or guilty for no real reason
trouble concentrating or making decisions
repeated thoughts of death or suicide
In depression, these symptoms interfere with your day-to-day activities.

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have repeated, unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is an unexpected attack of fear, anxiety or discomfort with at least four or more of the following symptoms that develop suddenly and usually reach a peak within 10 minutes:

fast heart rate or pounding heart
chest pain or discomfort
trembling or shaking
shortness of breath or a feeling of smothering
choking feeling
nausea or upset stomach
dizziness or feeling faint
numbness or tingling
chills or hot flashes
feeling out of touch with reality
fear of losing control
fear of dying

In panic disorder, the panic attack(s) are followed by one month or longer of concern about having more attacks, or concern about what effect the panic attack(s) may have, or having a change in behavior.