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Who should not take sertraline?

Certain medical conditions may increase sertraline-related complications, including heart disease, bipolar disorder, seizures, liver or kidney disease, epilepsy, and a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. Do not take an MAO inhibitor while using sertraline or two weeks before or after taking sertraline. Talk to your doctor before combining sertraline with medications that can affect your sertraline dose, including pimozide, sedatives, sleeping pills, other antidepressants, aspirin and NSAIDs, blood thinners, tranquilizers, and medications for anxiety, mental illness, seizures, irregular heartbeat, and Parkinson's disease. Do not take sertraline if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Sertraline can cause lung problems in newborns. Before taking sertraline while pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the medication. Children can take sertraline only if they are closely observed, as antidepressants like sertraline may cause suicidal thoughts and tendencies, especially at the beginning of treatment or in younger users.

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