Zoloft (sertraline) is a prescription SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) used to balance chemicals in the brain and treat mental disorder symptoms. It works by affecting a chemical in the brain known as serotonin (responsible for connecting nerve cells via a system of messages) and bringing it to balance. This improves the brain function and prevents the patient from experiencing the typical symptoms of depression and anxiety. Zoloft has been reported to interact with certain drugs. It should not be taken along with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (isocarboxazid, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, or phenelzine). At least two weeks should pass between a dose of a MAOI and Zoloft to avoid dangerous side effects.
People who start taking this drug and are younger than 24 are required to visit their health care provider regularly for their condition to be closely monitored. This has to do with the fact some patients from this age group may develop suicidal thoughts. Some of the conditions you may be prescribed this medicine for include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder and some other conditions of the kind.