Does Zoloft sold by Pfizer outside the U.S. have the exact same ingredients?

Written by Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh | Posted February 12, 2019 | Updated November 26, 2019

Foreign versions of drugs sold in the U.S, like Zoloft, are not exactly the same as the ones sold here. This answer is based on the fact that Zoloft may contain different inactive ingredients.

Zoloft Sold at Canadian Pharmacies vs. Local U.S. Pharmacies

The Zoloft sold in Canadian pharmacies is in capsule form instead of a tablet like in the U.S. Also, while Zoloft contains the same active pharmaceutical ingredient, sertraline, it may have different inactive ingredients. Keep in mind that Zoloft is available as a generic in the U.S., usually at very low cost so buying Zoloft internationally may not be necessary.

Although the medication is not exactly the same as the one manufactured in the U.S., the Canadian version is manufactured by Pfizer Canada Inc. and approved for sale in Canada by Health Canada, the U.S. FDA's counterpart that is responsible for regulating medications in Canada.

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Safely Buying Zoloft Online

Legally-manufactured Zoloft that is dispensed from licensed pharmacies in other countries is also available for purchase online. Online pharmacies can help you save a lot of money, often 90% less than what you might pay at your local pharmacy. For some patients, this could mean the difference between obtaining a prescribed medication or without it. To save money safely, patients need to avoid dangerous rogue online pharmacy websites. A peer-reviewed study showed that online pharmacies that are not credentialed by groups such as are more likely to sell counterfeit medications.

Be aware that, under most circumstances, it's technically prohibited to import prescription medication for personal use into the U.S., but there have been no instances of consumers being prosecuted for doing so.

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