Zoloft (generic name: sertraline; brand names include: Zosert / Lustral / Concorz / Eleva / Gladem / Atruline / Sertra / Sertranex / Stimuloton / Zosert) is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
Zoloft is well tolerated and effective for the treatment of depression and certain anxiety conditions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zoloft for the treatment of the following conditions in adults over age 18:
major depressive disorder
generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
social anxiety disorder (SAD)
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
It is also approved for OCD in children and adolescents age 6-17 years. Zoloft has more FDA approval for short-term and long-term use than any other brand of its kind.
For more than 15 years, Zoloft has safely and effectively treated millions of people with depression and certain anxiety conditions. Zoloft is available in multiple strengths, so your doctor can decide a dose for you.
Zoloft is not habit-forming and is not associated with weight gain.
With continued treatment, Zoloft can help restore the balance of serotonin (a naturally occurring chemical in the brain) - which helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Zoloft helps the nerve cells send messages to each other the way they normally should.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.