Who is sertraline for and who needs to take extra care?

Who is sertraline for?

Sertraline is used to treat adults with depression, panic disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, social phobia and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is also used to treat children (aged 6 years or older) and adolescents with obsessive–compulsive disorder.

People who should take extra care with sertraline

Make sure you tell your doctor if you have, or have had in the past, any of the following conditions (you might need to take extra precautions, or another medicine might be more suitable):

  • epilepsy or reduced seizure threshold
  • bipolar disorder
  • stomach bleeding
  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma.

Get advice, either directly from your doctor or from a specialist information line, about the risks of taking antidepressants if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about becoming pregnant. See Antidepressants, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Your doctor may also advise caution or another medicine if you are 80 years of age or older, or are taking medicines that increase the risk of stomach bleeding (eg, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] such as ibuprofen).

Find out more about:

If you are starting sertraline, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.

You can also read more about depression and the options for treating it.

For more information

The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of sertraline is available from our website or a pharmacist. The CMI includes:

  • How to take this medicine
  • What to do if you forget to take it
  • If you take too much (overdose)
  • Things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
  • Signs of severe reactions and what to do.
  • Rossi S, ed. eAMH [online]. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook, 2012. www.amh.net.au. (Accessed 9 February 2012).
  • Psychotropic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic, Version 6. In: eTG complete [CD-ROM]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2008.
  • Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. Zoloft consumer medicine information. December 2011. (Accessed 22 March 2012).