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SERTRALINE Hydrochloride Tablets, Oral Solution (GREENSTONE LLC) Highlights


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Sertraline hydrochloride tablets, for oral use
Sertraline hydrochloride oral solution
Initial U.S. Approval: 1991


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  • Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in pediatric and young adult patients (5.1)
  • Closely monitor for clinical worsening and emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (5.1)


Sertraline hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) indicated for the treatment of (1):

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder (PD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)


IndicationStarting DosageMaximum Dosage
MDD (2.1)50 mg per day200 mg per day
OCD (2.1)25 mg per day (ages 6–12)
50 mg per day (ages13)
200 mg per day
PD, PTSD, SAD (2.1)25 mg per day200 mg per day
PMDD (2.2) continuous dosing50 mg per day150 mg per day
PMDD (2.2) intermittent dosing50 mg per day during luteal phase only100 mg per day during luteal phase only
  • If inadequate response to starting dosage, titrate in 25–50 mg per day increments once weekly in MDD, OCD, PD, PTSD, and SAD (2.1)
  • See Full Prescribing Information for titration in PMDD (2.2)
  • Hepatic impairment:
    • Mild: Recommended starting and maximum dosage is half recommended dosage (2.4)
    • Moderate or severe: Not recommended (2.4)
  • When discontinuing sertraline hydrochloride, reduce dose gradually (2.6, 5.4)
  • Oral solution: Must be diluted before administration (2.7)


  • Tablets: 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg (3)
  • Oral solution (new name, same product as oral concentrate): 20 mg/mL (3)


  • Concomitant use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or use within 14 days of stopping MAOIs (4, 7.1)
  • Concomitant use of pimozide (4, 7.1)
  • Known hypersensitivity to sertraline or excipients (4, 5.4)
  • Sertraline hydrochloride oral solution only: Concomitant use of disulfiram (4)


  • Serotonin Syndrome: Increased risk when co-administered with other serotonergic agents (e.g., SSRI, SNRI, triptans), but also when taken alone. If it occurs, discontinue sertraline hydrochloride and initiate supportive treatment. (5.2)
  • Increased Risk of Bleeding: Concomitant use of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), other antiplatelet drugs, warfarin, and other anticoagulants may increase this risk. (5.3)
  • Activation of Mania/Hypomania: Screen patients for bipolar disorder. (5.4)
  • Seizures: Use with caution in patients with seizure disorders. (5.6)
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma: Avoid use of antidepressants, including sertraline hydrochloride, in patients with untreated anatomically narrow angles. (5.7)
  • QTc Prolongation: Sertraline hydrochloride should be used with caution in patients with risk factors for QTc prolongation. (5.10)


Most common adverse reactions (≥5% and twice placebo) in pooled placebo-controlled MDD, OCD, PD, PTSD, SAD and PMDD clinical trials were nausea, diarrhea/loose stool, tremor, dyspepsia, decreased appetite, hyperhidrosis, ejaculation failure, and decreased libido (6.1)

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  • Protein-bound drugs: Monitor for adverse reactions and reduce dosage of sertraline hydrochloride or other protein-bound drugs (e.g., warfarin) as warranted. (7.1, 12.3)
  • CYP2D6 substrates: Reduce dosage of drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 (7.1, 12.3)


  • Pregnancy: Third trimester use may increase risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension and withdrawal in the neonate (8.1)
  • Pediatric use: Safety and effectiveness of sertraline hydrochloride in pediatric patients other than those with OCD have not been established (8.4)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and Medication Guide.

Revised: 3/2019

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