ser·​tra·​line | \ ˈsər-trə-ˌlēn How to pronounce sertraline (audio) \

Definition of sertraline

: an antidepressant drug C17H17NCl2 administered in the form of its hydrochloride and acting to enhance serotonin activity

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Recent Examples on the Web After a panic attack at an airport, Goode was referred to a psychiatrist, who put her on a low dose of Zoloft (sertraline, an SSRI antidepressant medication). Claire Gillespie,, "Casey Goode Took Zoloft During Her Pregnancy—What Doctors Say About Antidepressants and Pregnancy," 6 Nov. 2020 The same shortages were reported among companies that make sertraline. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Antidepressant Zoloft and generic version in short supply, FDA says," 3 June 2020 Zoloft, which is sold under the generic name sertraline, was first approved in the United States in 1991., "Delta Dental to offer aid to subscribers and dentists hurt by pandemic," 2 June 2020 Its program also offers some free prescriptions, including metformin, medications used to treat high blood pressure and sertraline, which is generic for Zoloft and used to treat depression. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer to stop offering some free prescription drugs: What to know," 17 Jan. 2020 Examples of such medications are fluoxetine, sertraline and citalopram. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Where is my Xanax Rx? Why your doctor may be concerned about prescribing benzodiazepines," 18 Oct. 2019 Jason died from the combined effects of clonazepam, cocaine, sertraline, fentanyl, oxycodone and heroin. Emily Brindley,, "Branford father-son death, initially thought to be murder-suicide, was double overdose," 14 Oct. 2019 These days, about 5 percent of expectant mothers use antidepressants, most commonly, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, such as citalopram (brand name Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect fetuses," 9 Apr. 2018 Citalopram made me sleep, sertraline gave me a mega-dry mouth. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hashtag Breaks Down Anti-Depressant Stigma," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sertraline

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sertraline

perhaps from serotonin + tetrahydro (combined with four atoms of hydrogen) + naphthalene + amine

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“Sertraline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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ser·​tra·​line | \ ˈsər-trə-ˌlēn How to pronounce sertraline (audio) \

Medical Definition of sertraline

: a drug that functions as an SSRI and is administered orally in the form of its hydrochloride C17H17NCl2·HCl especially to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Note: Sertraline is marketed under the trademark Zoloft.

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