Zoloft (Sertraline) is used to treat major depression, anxiety, post-
traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual
dysphoric disorder, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder. Zoloft is one
of the few antidepressants that doesn't pass through the mother's breast
milk, and so it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to take. However, it
can cause fetal defects if taken during the third trimester of pregnancy,
so it is not safe for pregnant women to take. Talk with your doctor about
a possible substitute during this period.
Zoloft has similar side effects to most SSRI antidepressants, including
insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, and lack of libido. It may
also cause weight gain. Possible serious side effects include mania and
thoughts of suicide, especially in adolescents or in senior citizens.
Sometimes Zoloft's side effects may prove to be too serious or
inconvenient for you to continue taking Zoloft. In this case, ask a
doctor to help you come off of Zoloft, as suddenly stopping Zoloft may
cause severe SSRI withdrawal symptoms. Zoloft has been implicated in a
number of suicides, and is not recommended for adolescents due to the
high risk of suicides for this age group. If you plan to take Zoloft, you
will need to have a loved one or doctor monitor you when you first begin
to take Zoloft to watch for suicidal thoughts or feelings.. .
Zoloft, an SSRI antidepressant, is proven to correct major clinical
depression. Like all SSRI antidepressants, it carries with it a risk of
side effects and withdrawal syndrome, but with the aid of a competent
doctor you should be able to avoid major complications associated with
the drug. Zoloft is not recommended to adolescents due to the increased
risk of suicide, seemingly greater than other SSRI antidepressants. No
reason for this has been found yet, so avoidance is the best thing.