- What is Zoloft (sertraline)?
- Is Zoloft (sertraline) available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for Zoloft (sertraline)?
- What are the uses for Zoloft (sertraline)?
- What are the side effects of Zoloft (sertraline)?
- What is the dosage for Zoloft (sertraline)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with Zoloft (sertraline)?
- Is Zoloft (sertraline) safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about Zoloft (sertraline)?
What is Zoloft (sertraline)?
Sertraline belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other drugs in this class are:
- fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- paroxetine (Brisdelle, Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)
- citalopram (Celexa)
- fluvoxamine (Luvox CR)
Is Zoloft (sertraline) available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for Zoloft (sertraline)?
What are the uses for Zoloft (sertraline)?
- Zoloft is used for treating depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Zoloft also is used for treating social anxiety disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
What are the side effects of Zoloft (sertraline)?
ZOLOFT SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:
- As demonstrated in short-term studies, antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of Zoloft or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need for the antidepressant. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.
Zoloft side effects:
The most common side effects of Zoloft are:
- Skin rash
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Decreased interest in sexual activity
- Dry mouth
- Increase in sweating, known as diaphoresis
- Weight loss
Possible serious side effects of Zoloft include:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Serious allergic reactions
- Worsening of depression
- Serotonin syndrome
- Abnormal bleeding
- Priapism (prolonged erection)
- Decreased liver function
- Activation of mania in patients with bipolar disorder
Important side effects are irregular heartbeats, allergic reactions and activation of mania in patients with bipolar disorder.
If Zoloft is discontinued abruptly, some patients experience side effects such as:
- Abdominal cramps
- Diminished appetite
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory impairment
A gradual dose reduction of Zoloft is recommended when therapy is discontinued.
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