Prozac and Zoloft are powerful prescription medications used to treat depression and other issues. The generic version of Prozac is fluoxetine, while the generic version of Zoloft is sertraline hydrochloride. Both drugs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a naturally occurring chemical that produces a feeling of well-being. These drugs work by influencing serotonin levels in your brain. By balancing chemicals in your brain, these drugs will likely improve your mood and appetite. They can also enhance your energy levels and help you sleep better. Both medications can reduce anxiety, fear, and compulsive behaviors. Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) medications are thought to work the best for treating pediatric OCD. The optimal dose of OCD medications must be found on an individual, case-by-case basis. It is always best to use the smallest amount of medication that effectively treats the OCD. However, most children and adolescents metabolize medications quickly, and therefore higher, adult-sized doses are usually used. In addition, higher doses than what are typically prescribed to treat depression are needed to be effective when treating OCD. It is very important to not ‘under treat’ OCD at low doses, when higher doses may further improve or remove the OCD symptoms if they are well tolerated. OCD medications control symptoms but do not “cure” the disorder, much like insulin does not “cure” diabetes, but rather, helps to manage symptoms.
Zoloft or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this. ZOLOFT oral concentrate is available in a multidose 60 mL bottle. Jul 17, 2017. Our doctor assured us that there was nothing to worry about and that she had seen Zoloft help a lot of kids struggling with anxiety. We asked.