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Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Zoloft?

sertraline

What is the Trade Name for sertraline?

Zoloft

What are the Indications of Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

major depressive disorder, OCD, anxiety

What are the Actions of Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

inhibits uptake of serotonin allowing for higher quantities available within synaptic cleft

What is the Therapeutic Class of Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Antidepressant

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

SSRI

What are the Nursing Considerations of Sertraline (Zoloft) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • do not use with MAOIs
  • can cause neurolyptic malignant syndrome, suicidal thoughts, drowsiness, insomnia, diarrhea, dry mouth, tremors, serotonin syndrome, sexual dysfunction
  • monitor mood changes in patient
  • takes 1-4 weeks for therapy to be effective.

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