What you need to know about taking Sertraline: Inside the pouch

Are you taking this common antidepressant? We’re taking a look inside the PillTime pouch to tell you more about taking Sertraline. 

Sertraline is known as one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the UK. It belongs to a group of medicines called Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs); these medicines are used to treat depression and other mental health conditions.  

How does Sertraline work? 

Sertraline works by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain. They do this by blocking the recycling of released serotonin back into the nerve endings.


How to take Sertraline 

Most people take Sertraline once a day. You can take your Sertraline at any time during the day, but you must take them at the same time, each day. Sertraline can take up to 6 weeks for the effects to start working, so it’s essential to ensure you’re adherent. If you struggle with your medication management, you could get PillTime to pre-sort your medication into easy to open pouches. For more information, click here.

How much Sertraline will you take? 

For adults, the usual starting dose of Sertraline is 50mg which can gradually increase to 200mg. Depending on your condition, you can be prescribed a lower dose. 

Should I expect any side effects? 

While taking Sertraline, many people don’t experience any side effects. This is why Sertraline is one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants.

However, all drugs have potential side-effects that range from mild to serious.

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Interactions and alcohol 

When taking sertraline, it’s best not to consume alcohol. There are certain medicines you may not be able to take whilst prescribed sertraline, your GP will be able to advise you further on this.

Mental health support 

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Talking to someone while taking Sertraline can help your recovery. There are many support networks you can access to get some expert advice. The NHS website provides a list of organisations that could help you.

Medicines with PillTime 

If you take several medications and would like a more straightforward way of managing your repeat medication, visit the PillTime homepage. PillTime organises all your medicines into clearly labelled, dose-specific pouches. We deliver your organised medication to your door, for free.