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Very poor sleep for 1 month. Difficulty falling asleep, constantly waking up, & not feeling well-rested. Nothing is different, but I started Zoloft 1 month ago. Also, I have been constipated for 2 wks. Could Zoloft be the cause or something else?

Very poor sleep for 1 month. Difficulty falling asleep, constantly waking up, & not feeling well-rested. Nothing is different, but I started Zoloft 1 month ago. Also, I have been constipated for 2 wks. Could Zoloft be the cause or something else?

Zoloft (sertraline): Some people will have insomnia and stomach/digestion issues with SSRIs but those may go away. Are you getting a positive mood response from the med? But please call your prescribing doc about the possible side effects. They may decide to try a different SSRI or other effective medication. Please don't give up and do please call your doctor. Also talk to a therapist also for therapy for mood disord ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


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Should I go to the ER? I am experiencing burning and cramping in my stomach as wel as nausea and constipation. I just started on Zoloft (sertraline) 5 days ago.

Should I go to the ER? I am experiencing burning and cramping in my stomach as wel as nausea and constipation. I just started on Zoloft (sertraline) 5 days ago.

Cramping in stomach: I understand your distress. GI Side effects of Zoloft (sertraline) ca be-nausea, constipation and abdominal pain. Symptoms can also be due to: • Drinking too much alcoholSmoking • Taking Aspirin and IbuprofenGastritisGERD • Go to ER if • Gastric Ulcer • Emotional Stress Go to ER if you have severe burning and cramping in stomach for Diagnosis and Treatment ...Read more

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Constipation on sertraline (4yrs) what is best laxative to take to elevate please?

Constipation on sertraline (4yrs) what is best laxative to take to elevate please?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): However, a thorough GI work up is indicated to rule out other causes of constipation, including other medications and over the counter preparations, especially antihistamines which can be very constipating and are present in many over the counter sleeping aids. In my experience i can't recall any patients with chronic constipation from sertraline. Irritable bowel, constipating type comes to mind. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) cause forgetfulness ?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) cause forgetfulness 
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Side effects: Not usually but disturbance in attention could occur which could impact remembering new events. See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/zoloft-side-effects.html ...Read more

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Does coming off Zoloft (sertraline) cause a rash?

Does coming off Zoloft (sertraline) cause a rash?

Rash: Reactions to ssri withdrawal can occur, especially if done too rapidly. I've known of itching or hive-like reactions but not rash. Did you have a rash when you started it? ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause heavy painful period?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause heavy painful period?

Yes: Zoloft (sertraline) is in a group called ssri's-, used for depression, which is much more common in women; the depression, or irritability, mood disorder, anger often occurs premenstrually. These ssri's can definitely cause changes in menstrual cycle--inc bleeding, pain, irregularity. A successful way of treating premenstrual depression is taking zoloft a week, starting 2-3 days before it starts. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft (sertraline) (generic) cause palpitations?

Does Zoloft (sertraline) (generic) cause palpitations?

Zoloft (sertraline): Any of this family of drugs can be associated with palpitations but they are not prominent among their side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more


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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more