Zoloft / Sertraline Side Effects

Zoloft Side Effects
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Zoloft (generic name sertraline) is an SSRI antidepressant that may be prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression and other mental illnesses. Patients taking this medication should be aware of potential side effects.

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Common: Increased sweating; headache; nausea; insomnia; dizziness; decreased appetite or weight loss; diarrhea or loose stools; drowsiness; dry mouth; malaise; tiredness or weakness; trembling or shaking; sexual problems; fatigue; dyspepsia (upset stomach)

Less Common: Agitation, anxiety or nervousness; vision changes, including blurred vision; constipation; flushing or redness of skin, with feeling of warmth or heat; increased appetite; vomiting; stomach or abdominal cramps, gas or pain

Always notify your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:

Less Common or Rare: Breast tenderness or enlargement; fast or irregular heartbeat; fast talking and excited feelings or actions that are out of control; fever; inability to sit still; symptoms of low blood sodium (confusion, convulsions [seizures], drowsiness, dry mouth, increased thirst, lack of energy); nosebleeds; red or purple spots on skin; restlessness; symptoms of serotonin syndrome (diarrhea, fever, increased sweating, mood or behavior changes, overactive reflexes, racing heartbeat, restlessness, shivering or shaking); skin rash, hives or itching; unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures; unusual secretion of milk (in females).

Zoloft Withdrawal Effects

Notify your doctor if one or more of these symptoms becomes intolerable:

Agitation; anxiety; dizziness; feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings; dysphoria; headache; increased sweating; nausea; irritability; confusion; lethargy; trembling or shaking; trouble sleeping; unstable moods; trouble walking; unusual tiredness; paresthesias; hypomania; other symptoms of SSRI discontinuation syndrome.

Zoloft Overdose Effects

May be more severe than side effects occurring at regular doses; several may occur together. Notify your doctor if any of these overdose effects continue or appear serious:

More Common: Drowsiness or sleepiness; vomiting; tachycardia (unusually fast heartbeat); nausea; dizziness; agitation or anxiety; tremor

Less Common: Unusually large pupils

Always notify your doctor if any of these overdose effects appear:

Rare: bradycardia (slowed heart action); bundle branch block (delay or obstruction in heart's electrical rhythm); coma; convulsions; delirium; hallucinations, hypertension (high blood pressure); hypotension (low blood pressure); manic reaction; serotonin syndrome (diarrhea, fever, increased sweating, mood or behavior changes, overactive reflexes, racing heartbeat, restlessness, shivering or shaking); pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas); QT-interval prolongation (increased time between two points in the heart's electrical cycle); stupor; syncope (fainting)

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice other side effects, check with your doctor.

Box Warning

Zoloft and sertraline prescriptions are required to include a black box warning that applies to suicidality and antidepressant drugs in children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 25.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be all-inclusive or to replace information provided by your doctor or with the prescription from the manufacturer.

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