The below information on Zoloft has been taken from official FDA sources, but we cannot guarantee it's accuracy. Please use this site for educational purposes only. This site does not replace a proper discussion with your doctor.
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- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
Side Effects of Zoloft
The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Zoloft therapy. However, this list is not complete.
- Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with triptan medicines.
- Infant persistent pulmonary hypertension.
- Suicidal thoughts or actions: Persons taking Zoloft may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when Zoloft is first started or the dose is changed. People close to persons taking Zoloft can help by paying attention to changes in user’s moods or actions. Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using Zoloft talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are taking Zoloft yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.
- Stopping Zoloft: Do not stop taking Zoloft suddenly because you could get side effects. Your healthcare professional will slowly decrease your dose.
- Bleeding problems: Zoloft may cause bleeding problems, especially if taken with aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen), or other drugs that affect bleeding.
- Mania: You may become unusually hyperactive, excitable or elated.
- Seizures: You may experience a seizure (convulsion), even if you are not taking Zoloft close in time with an MAOI.
- Weight loss: Zoloft can cause weight loss. Children who take Zoloft for a long time should have their growth and body weight measured regularly.
- Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant (see FDA Alert [07/2006] above). In addition to the issue described in the alert, babies delivered to mothers taking Zoloft late in pregnancy have developed problems, such as difficulty breathing and feeding.
- Sexual problems: You may have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction), abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido (sexual desire).
- Other side effects include nausea, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, and sleepiness.
Tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, especially if you have liver or heart disease. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed your baby.
Who Should Not Take Zoloft
Never take Zoloft if you are taking another drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking Zoloft close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:
- High body temperature
- Seizures (convulsions)
MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxazid), and other brands.
- Never take Zoloft if you are taking Orap (pimozide), a drug used to treat Tourette’s disorder, because it can result in serious heart beat problems.
- Never take Zoloft oral concentrate if you are taking Antabuse (disulfiram), used to treat alcoholism, because Zoloft oral concentrate contains alcohol.
Interactions with Zoloft
- Zoloft may interact with medicines other than the ones already mentioned in this information sheet. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take, especially those
- that affect bleeding
- used to treat anxiety, mental illness, depression, or heart problems
- If you plan to drink alcohol, talk to your healthcare professional.
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