Zoloft And Substance Abuse and Addiction

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What Is Zoloft Prescription medications that fight depression are often abused, while many others are unaware of the benefits and dangers of these kinds of drugs. There are those who mix it with the wrong medications, or become dependent on an anti-depressant over time.

Zoloft is the brand name for a chemical compound called "sertraline hydrochloride."

Sertraline is a chemical that increases the amount of serotonin in the brain, which in turn affects the central nervous system. Zoloft is one of the most popular medications in fighting depression and improving one's mood and outlook on life. Ironically, one of the possible side-effects is thoughts of suicide and an increase in depression, so it is important to ask your doctor if this drug is right for you. Also, there should be a close contact kept with your doctor if any of these harmful side-effects are affecting you. The questions that come to mind are why and how did Zoloft become so popular? And is it effective?

One of main reasons why Zoloft is so commonly used (especially in America) is because of the marketing that surrounds it. Advertisers make good commercials, persuasive pamphlets, and ads all over the newspapers and internet talk about how Zoloft could "change your life for the better by getting rid of depression." Marketing is an important part of getting the product noticed, which the company has been doing a good job at that. For example in these marketing campaigns say that Zoloft can help with "serotonin imbalance" in the brain, thus, eliminating depression; however, there is no scientific evidence for the cause and effect theory between serotonin imbalance and elimination of depression. The copywriting below may lead people to believe that extra serotonin in the brain relieves depression, which is recommended and strongly suggested by Zoloft advertisers:

"While the cause is unknown, depression may be related to an imbalance of natural chemicals between nerve cells in the brain. Prescription Zoloft works to correct this imbalance. You just shouldn't have to feel this way anymore."

Secondly, Zoloft is used heavily in the medical community. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, clinical depression is a common medical illness that affects roughly 5 to 8 percent of the adult population annually. Zoloft is the most prescribed antidepressant out there. In addition, there are no neurotoxic or permanent side effects associated with long term use of sertraline. Hence, Zoloft is considered a relatively safe and effective medication, but only when used as directed. Zoloft is also fast acting and can give results relatively quickly. Taking Zoloft for 1 or 2 weeks can help improve sleep, elevate energy, and regulate appetite.

Zoloft is often applied to other mental disorders, which gives it more credibility and a broader range of use. The National Mental Health Association, in a study, estimated that about a third of adult Americans experience symptoms related to mental health disorders Zoloft can be used to treat a number of different mental health conditions, such as:

  • panic/anxiety disorder
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • depression / major depressive disorder
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder

FDA warnings indicate that Zoloft may not work for every user. That is one downfall. The FDA issued warnings about the risks of developing suicidal thoughts, serotonin syndrome, or perhaps pulmonary hypertension. Finally, Zoloft should never be mixed with other medications (monoamine oxidase inhibitors).

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