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Zoloft

(Sertraline)

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Improves mood and helps you relax.

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Zoloft (Sertraline) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more likely to cause insomnia and diarrhea than other antidepressants.

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Upsides

  • Effective at lowering symptoms and relapse rates of depression and anxiety disorders.
  • Causes less drowsiness than other antidepressants.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
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Downsides

  • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
  • More likely to cause diarrhea than other antidepressants.
  • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.

What to expect when you take Zoloft (Sertraline) for Depression

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Side effect rates for Zoloft (Sertraline)

1714 From clinical trials of Zoloft / Major Depressive Disorder (50 to 200 mg/day)
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea/loose stools
  • Mouth dry
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Tremor
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating increased
  • Constipation

Risks and Warnings for Zoloft (Sertraline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Under 24 years old

    Zoloft (Sertraline) may increase risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 24. Watch for worsening depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment, or when the dose changes. Report anything concerning to a doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Zoloft (Sertraline)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • It interacts with St. John's Wort and Tryptophan.
  • May be helpful to take something to counteract the diarrhea and nausea
Food
  • it's best taken around dinner time
  • Take with liquid or food for best course
  • Start with 37.5mgs and build up. Always take with food.
Pain
  • Caused stomach pain when taken before bed..none when I take with food in the morning
Sex
  • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
  • didn't do anything for me. killed my libido and made me gain weight
  • The lack of libido is the only side effect that really sucks with this medication. However, this medication changed my life and with a reduced dose, I'm not noticing this effect as much. For me, Zoloft has worked wonders!
  • Only side effect was inability to have an orgasm at 100mg dosage. It increased sex drive.
Sleep
  • Causes less drowsiness than other antidepressants.
  • Zoloft (Sertraline) may increase the risk of low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia). Watch out for symptoms including headache, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness, which may lead to falls. Talk to a doctor right away before developing more serious symptoms, such as hallucination, fainting, coma, and death.
  • Made me very tired at first but that wore off in a couple weeks.
  • Has to be taken same time everyday, I gained 60 pounds on this med, I was lethargic, drowsiness, insomnia. Not a good med for gad .i started out low and went up to 100mg. So I gave it a good try for a yr.
  • taken at night because it caused drowsiness during the day for me.
Weight
  • didn't do anything for me. killed my libido and made me gain weight
  • Gained a ton of weight and didn't help anxiety at all.
  • that it can cause weight gain, not as bad as Paxil but still be careful if you have a tendency to gain weight.