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 ZOLOFT oral solution, inform them that:
- ZOLOFT oral solution must be diluted before use. Do not mix in advance.
- Use the dropper provided to remove the required amount of ZOLOFT 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 ZOLOFT 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 ZOLOFT Oral Solution
Inform patients not to take disulfiram when taking ZOLOFT oral solution. Concomitant use is contraindicated due the alcohol content of the oral solution [See Contraindication (4)].
Caution patients about the risk of serotonin syndrome, particularly with the concomitant use of ZOLOFT 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 ZOLOFT 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)].
Advise patients not to abruptly discontinue ZOLOFT and to discuss any tapering regimen with their healthcare provider. Adverse reactions can occur when ZOLOFT is discontinued [See Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
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)].
Inform pregnant women that ZOLOFT may cause withdrawal symptoms in the newborn or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) [See Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].