How much to take
The usual starting dose for the treatment of depression in adults is one Sertraline Winthrop 50mg tablet each day. The dose can gradually be increased up to the maximum of 200mg a day if necessary.
The maximum recommended dose of Sertraline Winthrop is 200mg per day.
However, depending on your condition and how you react to the medicine, your doctor may ask you to take some other dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you.
They will tell you exactly how much to take.
Follow the instructions they give you.
If you take the wrong dose, Sertraline Winthrop may not work as well and your problem may not improve.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water or another liquid. The tablets can be broken in half but should not be chewed.
If you need to break Sertraline Winthrop hold tablet with both hands and snap along break-line.
When to take it
Preferably, take your tablets at the same time each day, either morning or evening.
Taking your tablets at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.
Sertraline Winthrop can be taken with or without food.
How long to take it
Keep taking Sertraline Winthrop for as long as your doctor tells you to. It may take 2 to 4 weeks or even longer to feel the full benefit of Sertraline Winthrop.
Do not stop taking Sertraline Winthrop or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.
Your doctor may decide that you should continue to use Sertraline Winthrop for some time, even when you have overcome your problem. This should prevent the problem from returning.
Your doctor will tell you when and how Sertraline Winthrop should be discontinued.
If you forget to take it
Take your dose as soon as you remember, and continue to take it as you would normally.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia 13 11 26 or New Zealand 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else has taken too much Sertraline Winthrop. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too many tablets you may feel drowsy, sick in the stomach, have a fast heart beat, suffer from tremors, feel agitated or dizzy. Coma has also been reported with overdose.
Things you must do
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Sertraline Winthrop.
If you are about to start taking a new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Sertraline Winthrop.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Sertraline Winthrop.
You should avoid becoming pregnant while taking Sertraline Winthrop.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any suicidal thoughts or other mental/mood changes.
A worsening of depressive symptoms including thoughts of suicide or self-harm may occur in the first or two months of you taking Sertraline Winthrop or when the doctor changes your dose. These symptoms would be controlled when the full effect of Sertraline Winthrop takes place.
Children, adolescents or young adults under 24 years of age are more likely to experience these effects during the first few months of treatment.
Patients and caregivers should be alert and monitor for these effects.
Signs and symptoms of suicide include:
- thoughts or talk of death or suicide
- thoughts or talk of self-harm or harm to others
- any recent attempts of self-harm
- increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation
- worsening of depression
Mention of suicide or violence must be taken seriously.
If you or someone you know is demonstrating these warning signs of suicide while taking Sertraline Winthrop, contact your doctor or mental health professional right away.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking Sertraline Winthrop, or change the dose, without first checking with your doctor.
Do not let yourself run out of tablets over the weekend or on holidays.
Suddenly stopping Sertraline Winthrop can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, numbness, unusual tingling feelings or shakiness.
Do not use Sertraline Winthrop to treat any other complaint unless your doctor says so.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Sertraline Winthrop affects you.
Some medicines for depression may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery or do things that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Although drinking moderate amounts of alcohol is unlikely to affect your response to Sertraline Winthrop, your doctor may suggest avoiding alcohol while you are taking Sertraline Winthrop.
You should wait at least 14 days after stopping Sertraline Winthrop before starting medicines for depression or obsessive illnesses from the MAOI medicine group such as Aurorix, Eldepryl, Nardil, Parnate.
All of the above precautions are important even after you have stopped taking Sertraline Winthrop.
The effects of Sertraline Winthrop may last for some days after you have stopped taking this medicine.