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Know When to Say Your Zoloft Dosage is Too High for Your Symptoms of Depression

Zoloft, also known by its generic name sertraline, is an anti-depressant drug popularly made by Pfizer. Zoloft is also part of a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Recent reports show, however, that Zoloft is linked to certain birth defects such as gastroschisis and omphalocele, among newborns of pregnant women taking this drug.

Zoloft is usually prescribed progressively, this means that the patient will be eased in and out of use of the drug. The recommended starting dose of Zoloft for people with panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or social anxiety disorder 25mg once a day. This will usually become increased after a week or two to 50 mg of Zoloft once a day. Your doctor may also choose to increase the Zoloft dosage if symptoms continue, or decrease the dose if side effects occur. The highest recommended dosage indicated by Pfizer for Zoloft is actually 200 mg a day.

However, there are claims that the highest dosage amount is not enough for some patients. With the 200mg a day dosage many are still combating signs of depression, and have begun to take more than the recommended maximum amount. If a patient takes more than what is recommended by his or her doctor several side effects could begin to occur such as: dry mouth, insomnia, sexual side effects, diarrhea, nausea, sleeplessness.

Also if Zoloft is taken with other certain drugs its desired effects could be increased decreased or even altered. If you are taking of the following: : alcohol, antidepressants, aspirin, cimetidine, diazepam, digitoxin, flecainide, linezolid, lithium, MAOIs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), phenytoin, pimozide, propafenone, St. John's wort, sumatriptan, tolbutamide, tramadol, triptans (migraine medications), valproate, or warfarin, then should consult with your doctor before combining them with Zoloft.

Zoloft is a popular anti-depressant drug that can work if taken properly, however like any other prescription drug if used incorrectly it can lead to adverse side effects. If side effects have occurred and you feel that you have taken Zoloft as per prescribed then legal action can be the next possible step for you. For more information on any legal action you can possibly take against the manufacturers of Zoloft visit a Zoloft Lawyer as soon as possible, many lawyers will give a free consultation and will not charge you unless your case sees compensation.

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