In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses which cold medications you can take and which you should avoid while taking the antidepressant Zoloft (Sertraline).
I take 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) and have come down with a cold. Is it safe to take an over the counter cold/flu nighttime syrup? I’m a female in my mid 30’s and have been on this med for about 4 months.
Zoloft (sertraline), is an antidepressant classified as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), and is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat depression and associated illnesses. Due to the widespread use of antidepressants, questions regarding drug interactions come up often.
Everyone gets sick from time to time, be it from the flu, the common cold or from a variety of other infections. Treating the symptoms of these illnesses can sometimes be difficult if you are on prescription medication such as Zoloft. It is important to always check for potential drug interactions before using a product over the counter.
In regard to Zoloft (sertraline), there are some over the counter medications that you either want to avoid, or take caution with and use only based on the direction of your doctor:
It is important to look at the active ingredient list for any product you are considering purchasing. There are a variety of combination products that contain multiple ingredients, so you need to be aware of all the included ingredients in these products. In addition, there are many 'brand name extension' products that can contain ingredients you may not be aware of. A 'brand name extension product' uses a commonly recognized brand name but contains multiple ingredients for different indications. For example, 'Mucinex Fast Max' contains more than just Mucinex. It also contains dextromethorphan and phenylephrine.
There are a variety of safe and effective options over the counter available to you for the treatment of cough/cold symptoms. Just be sure to pick the appropriate product for your situation and read the ingredients!