Patients are usually concerned about the dosage of Sertraline that should be taken. The initial dose is based on a treated disorder. For the majority of diseases treated by Zoloft daily initial dose starts at 25-50 mg. Zoloft Dosage can be increased if there is no therapeutic response or decreased because of age or own contradictions. Learn how Zoloft pill looks like and what dosage is recommended to take from different diseases.
Zoloft Manufactured Dosage Forms
Zoloft doses come in three different forms, each one with a unique physical feature that separates it from the others. There is a Zoloft 25mg pill, a 50mg pill, and a 100mg pill. There is also a liquid solution, packed at 60ml with a milligram equivalent of 20mg/ml. Here are the features of each one:
- the pill is color green and has a capsular shape. One side has the brand name engraved in it, and the other has the dosage “25mg” engraved.
- the physical difference between this pill and the 25mg pill is that this one is blue and has the dosage “50mg” engraved at the back.
- contains the highest dose of Zoloft available in a single pill. It is yellow, has the “100mg” engraving on one side and takes on the standard capsular shape of the other pills.
Disorders And Adult Dosage Descriptions
Zoloft is useful for combating mental diseases that call for varying doses, depending on the type of and the user involved. For instance, a Zoloft dose for adults is expected to be different from the dose for teens or kids.Take in mind, that Zoloft has a potential to cause weight changes. For more clarity, here’s a bit of information about proper prescriptions for these disorders:
Major Depressive Disorder – MDD is characterized by a general loss of interest in activities and a consistently depressed mood. It can lead to a significant impairment in the daily life of the patient.
A starting dose of 50mg is recommended. Depending on tolerability, the user may adopt an increasing Zoloft dosage of an extra 25-50mg once a week but must make sure never to exceed the Zoloft max dose of 200mg.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD is characterized by obsessive behavior or thoughts that lead to repetitive behaviors or compulsions.
The average Zoloft dose and other dosage information for people with O.C.D are almost precisely the same as with M.D.D. However, to avoid side effects of sertraline, the starting dose for pediatric patients is 25mg.
Panic Disorder – PD is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by a sudden period of intense fear that results in sweating, short breaths, shaking, palpitations or a general feeling that something terrible will happen.
The recommended Zoloft dosage for anxiety resulting from P.D starts with 25mg. Any subsequent increase by the user must not exceed the therapeutic range of 50-200mg.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD is characterized by an inability to recover from a specific traumatizing event experienced or witnessed by the patient.
The sertraline dose recommended for this disorder is the same as with P.D, with the same therapeutic range.
Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder – PMDD is a severe extension of premenstrual syndrome, which is a group of symptoms (such as fatigue, irritability and bloating) that is found in women – usually between ovulation and a period. Please note, that It is prohibited to take Sertraline while being pregnant or while breastfeeding.
The recommended starting Sertraline dosage for PMDD is 50mg, administered every day till the menstrual cycle ends. If the patient does not respond to the dosage, an increase of 50mg per menstrual cycle leading up to 150mg a day may be beneficial.
Social Anxiety Disorder – SAD is a severe mental health disorder characterized by irrational anxiety during social situations and interactions. Keep in mind, that sertraline can decrease patients sex drive as well.
Dosage Administration For Children And Adolescents
It is important to note that parents should always read the instructions on how to take Sertraline safely before giving it to their kids. Zoloft starting dose recommended for children under the age of twelve is 25mg. Any subsequent increase should be at a rate of an extra 25-50mg per daily increase. Zoloft dose for kids that fall under this category should not have to go as far as the Zoloft 200mg dose.
The average Zoloft dose for teens starts with for children ages 13-17 years is 50mg. The increase remains within 25-50 per day, and the maximum dose must not exceed 200mg of Zoloft per day at any point. In other cases, it may lead to overdose and prolonged half-life of Zoloft.
Sertraline Dosage Precautions
Two of the most commonly asked questions about Sertraline Dosages are:
What is the Lowest Dose of Zoloft?
The lowest recommended dose is 25mg, and ideally, 200mg should be the limit. Anything more than that is considered a high dose. Taking high amount of the drug can lead to sertraline overdose.
What is Considered a Lethal Dose of Zoloft?
There is LD50 which is an existing lethal dose of Zoloft containing 2000mg per kg of body weight.
It is essential to use the drug only according to the prescription of qualified medical personnel. Don’t mix Sertraline with alcohol, medical marijuana or other addictive substances.
If there’s ever a thought to use more than is prescribed, it becomes necessary to seek professional help at rehabs or addiction centers. If patients have any symptoms of having Zoloft addiction it is recommended to ask for professional support in stopping Sertraline medication.
If you or a loved one has any questions concerning the use of these anti-depressant pills, feel free to reach out through the helpline (888)-459-5511 for further information. Rest assured that all calls will remain confidential and secure.