Sertima-100 is a tablet that is used for many neurological problems. Its active ingredient is sertraline and it helps to reabsorb into the nerve cells, a natural substance called serotonin. This is necessary to maintain mental balance and is prescribed to people who suffer from panic attacks, depression, social anxiety disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dosage And Administration
Sertima-100 is normally prescribed as a single daily dose that has to be taken orally either in the morning or in the evening. It has to be taken with a glass of water, with or without food.
The duration of the medication will depend on the patient’s condition as well as how the patient responds to the medication. In order to avoid any kind of side effects, the doctor will initially prescribe a low dosage of the medicine and then gradually increase the dosage.
Sertima-100 could have some side effects such as:
- Changes in sex drive
- Excessive sweating
- Change in weight and sometimes appetite
If these side effects persist, it is advisable that you consult with your doctor immediately.
If you have been prescribed Sertima-100 by a doctor, it is important that you take it for the prescribed period. If, for any reason you want to stop, it has to be done in consultation with the doctor because you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Sertima-100 is not safe for all patients; therefore, before the doctor prescribes any drug with sertraline it is necessary to inform him if you:
- are trying to conceive or you are already pregnant.
- are breastfeeding
- are allergic to any drugs
- are taking any other medicine, (prescribed or otherwise)
- are using any kind of supplements or herbal products
- have any other ailments.
It is important that you do not drive, or do any activity that requires you to be alert because this medicine can make you dizzy.
Interaction With Other Drugs
There are several drugs that can have an adverse reaction if taken along with sertraline. When taken in combination with other medication, it can slow your breathing or make you sleepy. Therefore, check with your doctor before you take:
- sleeping pills
- muscle relaxers
- migraine headache medicines- zolmitriptan, sumatriptan
- heart or blood pressure medication- flecainide, propafenone, metoprolol, propranolol
- seizure medicines- phenytoin, divalproex
- cough medicine containing dextromethorphan
- antidepressants, buspirone, digitoxin, cimetidine, lithium
- pain medications- tramadol, fentanyl