What Happens If I Miss a Dose of Zoloft?


According to MedlinePlus, if you miss a dose of Zoloft, it should be taken as soon as you remember it. However, if it is close to the time of the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped and you should resume the regular dosage schedule. A double dose of Zoloft should never be taken to make up for a missed dose.

Zoloft, or sertraline, is in a class of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Zoloft works by increasing serotonin levels, which helps the brain maintain mental balance. MedlinePlus states that Zoloft treats depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. It may also be used to relieve symptoms such as mood swings, irritablility, bloating and breast tenderness associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

MedlinePlus lists important warnings that should be considered when taking Zoloft. Individuals up to 24 years of age who took Zoloft during clinical studies were more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than those who did not take antidepressants, so individuals in this age group should be monitored closely while under treatment. You may also experience unexpected mood changes when taking Zoloft. Symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, worsening depression, panic attacks, agitation or aggressive behavior warrant an immediate phone call to the doctor.