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Sertima 100 Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Sertima Tablet

Sertima 100 Tablet is a medicine used in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It helps by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms of the disease.

Sertima 100 Tablet is taken by mouth with or without food. It is advisable to take it at a fixed time each day to maintain consistent level of medicine in the blood. In case you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to doctor as may result in stomach upset, flu-like withdrawal symptoms and sleep disturbance. Some common side effects of this medicine includes low sexual desire, nausea, headache, delayed ejaculation, and insomnia (difficulty in sleeping). Initially, this medicine may cause sudden drop in the blood pressure when you change positions, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. It may even cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine may cause weight gain, have a balanced diet and exercise regularly. It is important to inform doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood as it may lead to suicidal thoughts.

Sertima Tablet side effects

Common
  • Low sexual desire
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Diarrhea
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Stomach upset

How to use Sertima Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Sertima 100 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Sertima Tablet works

Sertima 100 Tablet is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

Sertima Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Sertima 100 Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Sertima 100 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Sertima 100 Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Sertima 100 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Sertima 100 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Sertima 100 Tablet is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have an underlying kidney disease as you may be given a smaller dose initially and then increased slowly as required.
Liver
CAUTION
Sertima 100 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Sertima 100 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Sertima 100 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Sertima Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Sertima 100 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Sertima 100 Tablet effectively treats a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorders.
  • It is one of the more effective and better tolerated antidepressant medication.
  • It causes less sleepiness than other antidepressants.
  • It has been proven safe for depressed patients with recent myocardial infarction or angina.
  • Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Sertima 100 Tablet affects you.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • The addiction/dependence potential of Sertima 100 Tablet is very less.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience decreased sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Sertima with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Sertima

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I have compulsive thoughts and cleanliness phobia also I take 1hr 10 min while bathing. Please suggest way to improve.
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. It's a neurochemical disturbance in brain and worsens due to stressful environment. OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
Meself is under medication for OCD, anxiety disorder from last four years i want know latest treatment option available, i also have problem iinsomnia and unable sleep with medications in last years my weight has increased from 70 to 100 kg myself is unable to keep my mind thinking jobless and always in doubt that someone doing or planning to keep myself underpressure or in fear of having jobless in future sometimes i become angry on family members i have chewing toboacco from 20 yearsPlease provide genuine response so that i able to get well soon i am really ged by taking medications since last four years
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. It's a neurochemical disturbance in brain and worsens due to stressful environment. OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Treatment duration depends upon the intensity and frequency of episodes and may be needed throughout life.
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FAQs

Q. Does Sertima cause weight gain?

Sertima commonly causes weight gain as the patient is unable to stop the urge to eat. Additionally, use of Sertima may also lead to weight loss, though it occurs rarely. The reason for weight loss could be loss of appetite. Consult your doctor in case of any concerns regarding your weight.

Q. How long does it take for Sertima to work?

You may start noticing an improvement in symptoms within 7 days of taking Sertima. However, it may take longer to show full response and will vary from person to person.

Q. How long do I need to take Sertima?

You should continue taking Sertima as long as your doctor recommends to take it which may be for several months. Doctors usually recommend the medicine for 6 months to a year after you no longer feel depressed. It is important to know that stopping the medication before the suggested time may cause depression to come back.

Q. When is the best time to take Sertima?

Sertima is usually taken once a day and can be taken at any time of the day. It can be taken with or without food. Take it as per your convenience but preferably at the same time each day. Some people who have sleep difficulty after taking Sertima, they should take it in the morning. Whereas, some take it at night to limit the side effects of nausea and vomiting.

Q. Does Sertima cause sleepiness?

Yes, Sertima may commonly cause sleepiness. In case you feel dizzy, sleepy or tired after taking Sertima, you should avoid driving or using heavy machinery. This generally happens within the first few days and weeks after starting Sertima, which may disappear after 2-3 months of use of Sertima.

Q. What does Sertima do for anxiety?

Sertima belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of medicines. It increases the levels of serotonin which is an important chemical and a neurotransmitter. This increase in serotonin levels can help to improve and regulate your mood, resulting in an improvement in the symptoms of anxiety.

Q. Can I stop taking Sertima if I am better now?

No, you should not stop taking Sertima without consulting your doctor. This is because sudden discontinuation of Sertima may cause withdrawal symptoms. Hence, it is important to gradually reduce the dose with time (over several weeks or months).

Q. What are the withdrawal symptoms of Sertima?

The withdrawal symptoms of Sertima include dizziness, nausea, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, trouble sleeping, feeling agitated or anxious, headaches and shaking. However, these symptoms are generally mild to moderate and disappear after 1-2 weeks of discontinuing Sertima.

Q. What are the symptoms of overdose of Sertima?

The symptoms of overdose of Sertima include nausea, dizziness, fever, vomiting, confusion, shakiness, and a rapid heartbeat. Whereas, serious side effects include fainting, delirium, heart problems, and changes in blood pressure. If you experience such symptoms immediately contact your doctor or seek emergency medical services in a nearby hospital.

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