Zoloft® (Sertraline Hcl) Side Effects
People that take medications for the treatment of any condition are at risk of experiencing some minor side effects. Most side effects are tolerable and will become less severe as the patient builds a tolerance to the medication. What raises concerns are the more serious side effects of certain medications. Zoloft®, as with any drug, is associated side effects, ranging from minor and tolerable to severe and even life-threatening.
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What Are Some Common Zoloft® Side Effects?
The more common side effects of Zoloft® include:
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Diarrhea, upset stomach
- Weight loss
- Increased sweating
- Difficult sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Sexual side effects
If you are taking Zoloft® and are experiencing these side effects, you should consult your doctor if they do not subside and begin to interfere with your daily life.
Some patients have reported severe allergic reaction to Zoloft®. Symptoms include rash, hives, itchy skin, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth or tongue, blistered or red skin, seizures, chronic headache, vision changes, mood changes, and unusual weakness. If you begin to experience any combination of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Serious Zoloft® Side Effects
Results from clinical trials have revealed some less common, but serious side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should speak to your doctor right away:
- Chest palpitations
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Severe anxiety, panic attacks or restlessness
- Severe agitation, aggression or change in mood and behavior
- Extreme feelings of happiness that switch back to severe feelings of sadness and depression
Patients taking Zoloft® are also at an increased risk of a very rare, but dangerous condition called serotonin syndrome. Symptoms include general confusion or other mental changes, rapid heartbeat, overactive reflexes, fever, excessive sweating and shakiness.
Zoloft® Birth Defect Risk
In addition to side effect for the patient taking Zoloft®, the antidepressant has also been associated with negative effects on unborn children. Some of the birth defects linked to Zoloft®, as well as other antidepressants in its class, include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Abdominal wall defects (omphalocele and gastroschisis)
- Skull abnormality
- Limb defects
- Anal atresia
If you are a woman of child bearing age and are taking Zoloft®, your doctor should explain the risks associated with taking the antidepressant if you get pregnant. It's important to note that stopping use without instruction from your doctor can result in serious problems for you and an unborn child. If you are or become pregnant, consult your doctor immediately.