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A 36-year-old member asked:

How common is it to get side effects from taking zoloft (sertraline)?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Common: Side effects are common early on & most often diminish over time (a week or 2). If they are serious, fail to diminish, or are intolerable, then contact your prescriber immediately for instructions & consideration of alternative medication. See comment below.
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
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Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out; agitation, hallucinations, fever, overactive reflexes, tremors; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination; or headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops.
Apr 6, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the common side effects of zoloft (sertraline)?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nausea: Nausea is common, but usually subsides after a few weeks. Other common side effects are headache, insomnia, diarrhea or constipation dry mouth, ejaculatory dysfunction, sleepiness.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you please list the most common benefits or side effects from taking zoloft (sertraline)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Benefits - improving anxiety, panic or depression. Some of the potential GI side effects from zoloft (sertraline) include: diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite and change in weight. A person can also experience headache, dizziness, tremors, or feeling tired. Erectile dysfunction can occur. More serious side effects include: seizures, bleeding problems, fever, irregular heart rhythm, cont'd.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
hallucination and visual changes. In some cases a person who has bipolar disorder may flip from depression in mania or hypomania on Zoloft. There is also a black box warning about suicidality in teens and young adults for any of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Apr 8, 2013
Chatham, NJ
A 23-year-old female asked:

What are the most common side effects for zoloft (sertraline)? And does the generic version have worse side effects?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Initial anxiety, nausea and headaches. Same for generic sertraline.
Hyattsville, MD
A 32-year-old male asked about a 34-year-old female:

What side effects would you experience if you suddenly stop taking zoloft (sertraline)?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Withdrawal symptoms: Not sure how much (dosage) and how long you have been using it, but i would recommend consult doc first before stopping--weaning can minimize withdrawal symptoms which can be: irritable/shakiness, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, sweating, insomnia, dizziness, blurry vision etc... These symptoms won't kill you, but can be quite uncomfortable. Consult doc. Good luck.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Taking Zoloft (sertraline) and advair, possible side effects?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Many possible: Both zoloft (sertraline) and advair have possible side-effects. However, it may be especially worth mentioning that the anti-asthma medication advair combines a beta-agonist and a steroid. Both of these may affect mood, especially the former, which can cause nervousness and a "hyper" feeling. If zoloft (sertraline) is being taken for anxiety, the advair may work against it somewhat. Ask your doc if you are concerned.

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