Studies indicate that Zoloft effects or side effects may occur in a small percentage of people who take this medication.
Common side effects can include the following symptoms: nausea, sexual side effects, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, drowsiness, indigestion, shaking or tremors, and decreased libido. In addition, read about the connection between Zoloft and insomnia.
Other common side effects may include sweating, muscle pain, headache, Zoloft weight changes, stomach pain or cramps, constipation, nervousness or anxiety, vision changes, and hot flashes.
More serious side effects, and possible signs of Serotonin Syndrome may include confusion, psychosis, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, psychosis, changes in blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, fever, sweating, chills, tremors, shaking, agitation, aggression, seizures, or coma.
Signs of a possible allergic reaction may include skin rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and swelling.
Serious side effects may be an indication of serotonin syndrome, which is potentially fatal. If you experience any serious side effects or suspect an allergic reaction, notify your prescribing doctor immediately. Depending on the severity or duration of the side effects, you may need to seek emergency medical attention.
What Is Zoloft?
Zoloft (Sertraline) is a prescription medication used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, PMS, and other conditions. It is a member of the class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) that work by increasing the amounts of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
According to some studies, there may be an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors when first beginning Zoloft, especially in children, teens, and young adults.
As a result, Zoloft is not approved for use in children suffering from depression and is only prescribed for young patients with caution and frequent monitoring.
For more information read this important safety warning about antidepressants and suicide.
Also, the manufacturer advises that pregnant women not take this medication due to an increased risk of birth defects and other health problems. Read this important safety warning about antidepressants and pregnancy.
Further, Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer recommends caution with respect to breastfeeding due the potential for Zoloft to pass through babies milk and the unknown health risks it may cause newborns. Read this important warning about Zoloft and breastfeeding.
Lastly, there are possible health risks such as seizures that can result from mixing Zoloft and alcohol. As a result, users are advised not to drink while taking this medication. Also, both alcohol and antidepressants impair users' ability to drive and operate machinery. For more information, read this safety warning about antidepressants and alcohol.
Abruptly stopping this medication or missing a few doses can result in withdrawal. See these warning signs of Zoloft withdrawal.
Only take this medication as prescribed under the supervision of a medical professional. Do not take double doses or share it with others. Maintain regular medication monitoring appointments and report any adverse Zoloft effects to your doctor.
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