When to Avoid Sertraline

Who Should Not Take Sertraline?

You should not take sertraline if:
  • You are allergic to Zoloft, sertraline hydrochloride, or any inactive components used to make either the brand-name or generic versions of the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make sertraline.
  • Are taking linezolid (Zyvox®) or intravenous methylene blue. Sertraline should not be started in people taking linezolid or IV methylene blue, but a person already taking sertraline may be given linezolid or methylene blue, if absolutely necessary, and only with very careful monitoring and only if sertraline is stopped during treatment.
  • You have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. Also, you should not take an MAOI if you have taken sertraline within the past two weeks. MAOIs include:



  • You are taking pimozide (Orap®). Pimozide is a medication used to treat Tourette syndrome and also used to prevent hallucinations.
  • You are taking disulfiram (Antabuse®). This only applies to the sertraline oral concentrate, which contains alcohol.

Precautions and Warnings With Sertraline: Conclusion

There are a number of situations in which people should not take sertraline, along with a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of before starting the medication. However, it is possible that not all the warnings and precautions for sertraline were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the sertraline warnings or precautions that may apply to you.
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