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17 Nov 2005 20:46 PST
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Question ID: 594511
Why do you need to dilute liquid Zoloft before drinking it?
Re: Liquid Zoloft
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 17 Nov 2005 21:29 PST
Hello Quikagc5, According to MedicineNet, you may mix your liquid Zoloft with water, ginger-ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade or orange juice, but no other type of liquid. I assume you meant you were interested in something to *mix* Zoloft with and not dilute the dose. One should not dilute the dose unless directed by your doctor. "At the time your dose is to be taken, use the dropper provided and remove the prescribed amount of liquid from the medication bottle. Mix this liquid with one-half cup (4 oz. or 120 ml.) of water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice. Do not use any other types of liquids for mixing this drug. The mixture may appear cloudy; this is normal. Mix each dose just before taking it. Do not pre-mix doses for use at a later time. Take this medication/liquid mixture by mouth usually once daily with or without food; or as directed by your doctor. It is recommended that you take your dosage at the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. It may take up to 4 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect." http://www.medicinenet.com/sertraline_liquid_concentrate-oral/article.htm Good Luck! If this is not the answer you were seeking, please request an Answer Clarification, and I will be happy to respond, before you rate. Sincerely, Crabcakes Search Terms ============ Liquid Zoloft
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Re: Liquid Zoloft
From: markvmd-ga on 17 Nov 2005 22:50 PST
I'm not a physician, don't trust Google answers for medical advice, talk to your doctor, nothing here should make you change your medical routine without your doctor's advice, and the rest of the disclaimer as seen, below plus a few more. Quickagc5, I believe the reason for diluting (or mixing into another liquid) is that liquid Zoloft (sertraline) is dispensed as a concentrate, and the medicine is a hydrochloride. Simplified, this means a hydrochloric acid molecule hangs off the end of the medicine molecule Failure to dilute this as instructed will probably cause a burning sensation in the mouth and/or throat similar to that you might get from acid reflux or vomit, for example. This is because your stomach acid is also hydrochloric acid, though probably quite a bit more powerfully acidic than the Zoloft. It is very important to follow the directions for diluting carefully. You should not mix the liquid Zoloft with anything other than water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice, as described in Zoloft's instructions. Other drinks might damage or destroy the medicine molecule, changing or eliminating the effectiveness. You must not make up the mixture until you are about to take it because even the drinks recommended will cause the medicine to break down, and rather quickly. Besides, four ounces of orange juice is GOOD for you!
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