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SERTRALINE Hydrochloride Tablets, Oral Solution (GREENSTONE LLC) Patient Counseling Information

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Advise patients and caregivers to look for the emergence of suicidality, especially early during treatment and when the dosage is adjusted up or down, and instruct them to report such symptoms to the healthcare provider [See Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Important Administration Instructions for Oral Solution

For patients prescribed sertraline hydrochloride oral solution, inform them that:

  • Sertraline hydrochloride oral solution must be diluted before use. Do not mix in advance.
  • Use the dropper provided to remove the required amount of sertraline hydrochloride oral solution and mix with 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of water, ginger ale, lemon/lime soda, lemonade or orange juice ONLY. Do not mix sertraline hydrochloride oral solution with anything other than the liquids listed.
  • Take the dose immediately after mixing. At times, a slight haze may appear after mixing; this is normal.
  • The dropper dispenser contains dry natural rubber, a consideration for patients with latex sensitivity.

Disulfiram Contraindication for sertraline hydrochloride Oral Solution

Inform patients not to take disulfiram when taking sertraline hydrochloride oral solution. Concomitant use is contraindicated due the alcohol content of the oral solution [See Contraindication (4)].

Serotonin Syndrome

Caution patients about the risk of serotonin syndrome, particularly with the concomitant use of sertraline hydrochloride with other serotonergic drugs including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, tryptophan, buspirone, amphetamines, St. John's Wort, and with drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin (in particular, MAOIs, both those intended to treat psychiatric disorders and also others, such as linezolid). Patients should contact their health care provider or report to the emergency room if they experience signs or symptoms of serotonin syndrome [See Warnings and Precautions (5.2), Drug Interactions (7.1)].

Increased Risk of Bleeding

Inform patients about the concomitant use of sertraline hydrochloride with aspirin, NSAIDs, other antiplatelet drugs, warfarin, or other anticoagulants because the combined use has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding. Advise patients to inform their health care providers if they are taking or planning to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications that increase the risk of bleeding [See Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

Activation of Mania/Hypomania

Advise patients and their caregivers to observe for signs of activation of mania/hypomania and instruct them to report such symptoms to the healthcare provider [See Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Discontinuation Syndrome

Advise patients not to abruptly discontinue sertraline hydrochloride and to discuss any tapering regimen with their healthcare provider. Adverse reactions can occur when sertraline hydrochloride is discontinued [See Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

Allergic Reactions

Advise patients to notify their healthcare provider if they develop an allergic reaction such as rash, hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing [See Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

Pregnancy

Inform pregnant women that sertraline hydrochloride may cause withdrawal symptoms in the newborn or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) [See Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

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