Zoloft® Side Effects
Zoloft® (generic name sertraline) is one of the most widely prescribed anti-depression drugs in the world. The number of people suffering from Zoloft® side effects is unknown, as many people may not even be aware that certain physical, emotional and mental side effects even exist.
Zoloft® belongs to a group of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Almost all reported side effects meet the same profile as side effects caused by other SSRIs, although the general public remains in many cases unaware of potentially lethal side effects, such as suicide, as well as the repercussions of taking other SSRIs.
The most common Zoloft® side effects, according to the manufacturer Pfizer, are dry mouth, upset stomach, decreased appetite, fatigue, trouble sleeping, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, tremor, feelings of agitation, indigestion, and increased perspiration. Any side effects may appear more pronounced in children, such as excessive movement or twitching, malaise, trouble concentrating, abnormal thinking, nosebleeds, weight loss, manic or excited behavior, or rapid mood swings.
These side effects are similar to those experienced when taking any form of medication, but some Zoloft® side effects are less frequently mentioned, and tend to be more frightening in nature. Among the more serious side effects are anxiety, liver problems/failure, convulsions, hallucinations, psychosis and mania. Although many individuals feel that Pfizer does not provide sufficient warning about all the potential side effects, especially those that are more severe or life-threatening.
In addition to side effects that occur while taking the drug, patients who have decided to stop treatment have found withdrawal can be even worse. Although all SSRIs carry the risk of withdrawal, with Paxil's among the worst, Zoloft® side effects tend to rank as a close second. Patients who have stopped taking the drug have reported side effects from withdrawal that include jolting electric "zaps", dizziness, extreme nausea and vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, aggression, nightmares, tremor, seizure, and confusion. Side effects stemming from withdrawal can become so painful that some patients have committed suicide to end their misery. A more common result of Zoloft® withdrawal is misinterpretation by the physician and/or patient, with a wrongful diagnosis of regression.
If you or a loved one is experiencing side effects, you should immediately consult a physician to fully discuss your medical options. Side effects can become much worse if you stop taking the medication abruptly.
Persons who have suffered side effects from Zoloft® may be entitled to recover funds for the medical costs, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. For a free legal consultation, contact us to speak with a lawyer.