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Composition for ALARM

Sertraline(0.5 mg)

food interaction for ALARM

alcohol interaction for ALARM

pregnancy interaction for ALARM

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It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Alarm 0.5mg tablet at a fixed time.
Alarm 0.5mg tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Alarm 0.5mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Sertraline(0.5 mg)


Alarm 0.5mg tablet is used in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobia.

How it works

Alarm 0.5mg tablet works in depression by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating mood.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Pain in extremity, Tingling sensation of extremity, Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Altered libido, Change in body weight, Constipation, Convulsion, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Fatigue, Headache, Increased sweating, Loss of appetite, Muscle stiffness, Sore throat, Tachycardia, Heart rate irregular, Uncoordinated body movements, Weakness, Fever, Abdominal pain, Confusion, Hallucination


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Expert advice for ALARM

  • Do not start or continue sertraline and consult your doctor, If you develop a rash or other allergic reactions (like itching, swollen lips or face or shortness of breath), If you have fever, muscle stiffness or tremor, changes in your mental state like confusion, irritability and extreme agitation (serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome), If you have suicidal tendencies.
  • Do not suddenly withdraw or discontinue therapy on your own.
  • Do not take this drug if you are consuming other antidepressants (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or have been taking them within the previous two to five weeks.
  • Sertraline can impair mental and physical coordination and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.
  • Do not start or stop taking this medicine during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it can increase certain side effects of sertraline.

Frequently asked questions for ALARM


Q.Is sertraline addictive?
Sertraline is not addictive. However, sudden discontinuation or decrease in dose of sertraline may cause effects like dizziness, numbness, sleep disturbances, agitation or anxiety, headaches, nausea, vomiting and shaking. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use and discontinuation

Q.Is sertraline a mono amine oxidase inhibitor/steroid?
No, sertraline belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which alter the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain and help improve depression

Q.Is sertraline safe?
Sertraline is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Does sertraline cause insomnia/hair loss/ weight gain or loss/acne/sick feeling?
Insomnia, headache, weight gain or weight loss and sick feeling are side effects reported with the use of sertraline. However acne has not been reported. Patients should consult doctors regarding the possible side effects

Q.Can I take sertraline for anxiety?
Sertraline is used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder. But, consult your doctor regarding the use of sertraline for your anxiety complaints

Q.Is sertraline a stimulant?
No, sertraline belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants. It does not stimulate the brain, but improves depression by increasing the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain

Q.Can I take sertraline with diazepam/ Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)/ alcohol/ Tylenol (paracetamol)/ mirtazapine/ amoxicillin/ Nyquil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine)/ Co codamol (paracetamol and codeine)/ ibuprofen?
With tramadol there is an increased risk of hypertension, amitriptyline may possibly change the blood levels of fluoxetine, and alcohol may alter the effect of fluoxetine. No clinically observed drug interaction has been reported with diazepam, Co codamol, Nyquil, ibuprofen and mirtazapine. Please consult your doctor when using concomitantly

Q.How long can I take sertraline/ Can I take sertraline forever?
It is advisable to take this drug only till prescribed by the doctor

Q.Does sertraline expire?
Yes, like all drugs, sertraline has an expiry date. Please refer to the package insert or the information on the tablet strip to find out when your medicine expires.


Content on this page was last updated on 04 January, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)