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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.

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Chatham, NJ
A 23-year-old female asked:

Does the generic brand of Zoloft (sertraline) have worse or more side effects than if you were to take zoloft (sertraline)?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Comparable: Several different companies make generic zoloft, or sertraline. By law, generic medications sold in the usa must contain specific amounts of active ingredient (sertraline). Beyond this, each company may use different fillers, dyes, or caking agents, etc. The effects of the sertraline should be the same, but the other constituents may affect bioavailability or cause effects of their own.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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
Provided original answer
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
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it okay that I am concerned about these Zoloft (sertraline) side effects?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Caution is good: A healthy level of caution/concern is a good thing. Most patients who experience side effects with zoloft (sertraline) will have them early on and often they are temporary. With a little time they may go away as you adjust to the medication. To expect side effects to occur spontaneously later in treatment when no changes of dose or meds are made would be not advised since this would be highly unusual.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Anyone know of all side effects of zoloft (sertraline)?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Most common ones: The most common ones (not possible to include all in 400 characters) are restlessness, mild headache, and mild stomach upset or loosening of stools. Each occurs in about 15% of people and usually go away in 2-3 weeks. Uncommomly, suicidal thinking may worsen at first, so be carefully monitored by a therapist. Over the long run there may be mild weight gain and sexual problems.

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