Zoloft (Sertraline) Addiction And Abuse
It’s important, though, to understand how this powerful product should be taken, for what purposes and what it actually does.
Sertraline works by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin neurotransmitters by nerve cells, which leaves behind plenty of mood-regulating serotonin in the brain. An increase of serotonin seems to be effective in stabilizing moods, which is why it’s so helpful in treating anxiety and panic disorders.
Zoloft itself comes in the form of a tablet, capsule or liquid and is taken by mouth as directed by the prescribing doctor. The tablet form of this product can be taken with or without food. However, the capsule is usually taken after a meal. The liquid form must be mixed with another liquid before use, carefully measuring the prescribed dose using a medicine dropper. The dose should then be mixed with a half cup of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade or orange juice. Your doctor should give the appropriate dosage based on your specific medical condition and response to treatment.
A small number of people (especially those younger than 25) who take anti-depressants have experienced worsening depression and other mood systems. You may also experience symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, tiredness, nausea and sleep changes, among other side effects, while taking Zoloft (sertraline). Please be sure to discuss any concerns, risks and benefits of this medication with the doctor to get a clear understanding of whether or not Zoloft is right for you.
Though it is very effective, it is also easy to misuse sertraline. It’s important to understand the facts about Zoloft addiction and what steps can be made towards recovery.
If you suffer from addiction to Zoloft or any other medication, do not be afraid to reach out for help! In spite of what it seems like, you are not alone, and there is hope for recovery. First, before beginning any treatment, you should be diagnosed by a professional to discover your personal addiction level. Then a proper treatment plan can be established.
The first step of treatment commonly should be detoxification — the removal of the sertraline from the body. From there, you can either enroll in an inpatient rehab program or an outpatient rehab program. Those participating in an inpatient rehab facility have round-the-clock professional supervision and counseling, usually as a part of a 30-day program or maybe longer. Outpatient rehab clients live at home during treatment and receive either group therapy, individual therapy or family counseling through a clinic, or a combination of all three. Though the treatment process can be costly depending on the program, some or all of the cost may be covered by health insurance or by government programs.
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