Speak with a licensed provider online to learn if sertraline is right for you and have your prescription delivered to your door. Start your first month for only $30.
Cerebral offers medication management and counseling for only $30 for your first month. If prescribed, sertraline will be delivered to your door in discreet packaging. What do you get for $30 for your first month?
- Virtual video or phone calls with your prescriber
- Unlimited online messaging with your care team
- Medication shipped straight to your door
Understanding the different treatments available for depression and anxiety can be overwhelming. With Cerebral, you can speak to a licensed prescribing provider online to see whether sertraline (Zoloft) is right for you. If your prescribing provider decides that sertraline is right for you, you can get your medication delivered straight to your door. If you're curious about getting antidepressants online, you can learn more today.
What is sertraline?
Sertraline (Zoloft) is an antidepressant medication in a class of drugs called selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a chemical that plays many important roles in our bodies, including helping to stabilize our mood, reduce depression, and regulate anxiety.
Drugs like sertraline and other SSRIs serve to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Many people who are living with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression have been found to have low levels of serotonin. This may help to stabilize our moods and help our sense of mental wellbeing.
Sertraline is used to treat different mental health conditions that are affected by serotonin levels. It is most frequently used to treat depressive disorders and anxiety disorders (social anxiety disorder, and panic attacks). But, it can also be used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What are the side effects of sertraline?
The most common side effects of sertraline include:
- dry mouth
- ejaculatory delay
More severe side effects that could require medical attention include:
- vision changes accompanied by eye swelling or pain
- experiencing a manic episode
One extreme side effect is serotonin syndrome. This occurs when too much serotonin floods the brain. Serotonin syndrome can occur if you’re increasing the dosage of your medication or switching to a new one. Symptoms of can include:
- accelerated heart rate
- muscle stiffness
- loss of coordination
If you are experiencing any serious side effects while using sertraline, it’s important that you seek medical treatment immediately.
How long does it take for sertraline to work?
Because of how SSRIs work, symptoms show improvement at different rates for different people.
Your energy, sleep patterns, or appetite may begin to show improvement in the first week or two.
Psychological symptoms, like low mood and loss of interest in usual activities, may take up to 6-8 weeks to show significant improvement.
Does sertraline make you gain weight?
Sertraline can cause weight gain in some people, but the effect is usually minimal. Many different factors play a role in Zoloft-related weight gain. First, mental illness often causes loss of appetite. Sertraline could help to increase your appetite, which can naturally lead to weight gain. Second, sertraline may cause cravings for fatty or sweet foods. Finally, it can sometimes cause your metabolism to slow down, as well as impact your experience of being full.
Can you take sertraline while pregnant?
Sertraline is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy compared to other SSRIs. However, maternal weight changes and premature birth are possible.
Research has also shown that extremely high doses, particularly during the third trimester, may lead to more severe complications in the child. This can include serotonin syndrome (explained above) and persistent pulmonary hypertension.
Can I get sertraline (Zoloft) prescribed online?
Yes! You can absolutely get sertraline prescribed online after a consultation with a licensed prescribing provider.
Cerebral’s medication plans offer virtual consultations with online prescribers. Our prescribers can help you figure out if sertraline is right for you. If it’s prescribed, we can deliver it straight to your door. And, your prescriber will check in with you from time to time to see how the medication is working.
Cerebral’s online care operates on the collaborative care model. That means we pair medication management with behavioral therapy with a Care Counselor or therapist. This combination has proven to be the most effective for mental health treatment.
Cerebral plans also come with direct messaging with your care team, online CBT resources, a mobile app that you can use to do your video appointments, and more!
Ready to connect with one of our prescribing providers? Start by taking a free emotional assessment!