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Coming Off Sertraline Side Effects
Zoloft (sertraline): Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor type of antidepressant, used to treat depression & anxiety disorders. Some adverse effects include nausea, headaches, irritability & occasionally weight changes. It is advised to be taken with food. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Potential side effects include dry mouth, increased sweating, headache, tremor, loose bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, decreased libido or other sexual side effects, palpitations, chest discomfort, back pain, myalgias, yawning, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, feeling more sleepy, fatigue, feeling more anxious & change in appetite. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: You may want to talk with the prescribing physician about the side effects. I would let them know if breaking those tablets in half and taking them like that would make sense. Some people might do better with taking a half tablet twice a day or taking the dose about twelve hours later than usual. Be sure to keep your prescribing physician in the loop! Stay safe! ...Read more
Depends: Some s/e like loose stool are just temporaru for the 1st week or so as your body adapts. Others, like sexual dysfunction (if it should occur) can be pretty persistent. The important thing to keep in mind is that no 2 people are the same. ...Read more
Sorry question not really clear. Are you asking how to taper off of zoloft (sertraline) and avoid side-effects or are you having side effects from the zoloft (sertraline)?
To get off zoloft (sertraline) first speak with your physician and discuss the pros and cons. You taper off slowly over time like every 2-4 weeks depending on the dose. If you have side effects then speak with your physician. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline) can have : Side effects. (In fact, all medications can have side effects). Sertraline, an SSRI may result in mild side effects that include GI side effects, ejaculatory dysfunction, headache, dry mouth. Rarely, more serious side effects including suicidality, mania, seizures, hyponatremia can occur. Talk with ur MD about the expected risks/benefits & side effects of sertraline in ur particular case. Be well! ...Read more
No: That is an appropriate, gentle taper. I usually advise patients to wait four days at each dose. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Gradual tapering under supervision by your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Days to weeks:
I generally advise patients if they have side effects to give it a few days up to a week to see if it will subside. Of course this depends on the side effects. The most common with zoloft (sertraline) and meds in its class is gastrointestinal. So if a person has terrible diarrhea, they may not be able to last more than a day or two before they need to stop the drug.
Also, dry mouth tends to stay. ...Read more
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