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Side Effects Of Zoloft In Women
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
How long do the side effects of Zoloft (sertraline) last? How long till the medicine is effective and I start noticing a difference in myself?
Sertraline effects: Some Pts notice mild improvement in mood or anxiety within days of starting an SSRI (doses are adjusted daily in hosp). Pts will need to be on a therapeutic dose for up to 8 weeks to see full benefits of the med. Pts also differ with respect to SEs. Most Pts have only self limited or rather tolerable SEs (like dry mouth). Rarely, more serious SEs occur. Talk to your doc about your risks/benefits ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) side effets: most common: nausea, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, sedation, nervousness, switch to maina, weight gain/loss, sweating, dry mouth, high blood pressure, rarely hallucinations, serotonin syndrome when mixed with other serotinergic agents, sexual side effects, for hydorxizine: sedation, paradoxical excitement, dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, tachycardia, blurry vision. ...Read more
Often: For all the ssris, including zoloft, (sertraline) sexual dysfunction are common side effects. In men this is typically decreased libido and delayed ejaculation, while in women it tends to be decreased libido. Of note, people who are depressed often have reduced libido to begin with. ...Read more
Bradycardia?: I assume by "low pulse" you mean an inappropriately slow heart rate, or "bradycardia". According to the FDA (& the information inserted with the Zoloft (sertraline) package), during the trials for Zoloft (sertraline), there was no difference in heart rate or other cardiac parameters compared to placebo. HOWEVER, since it became available, cases of associated bradycardia have been reported & label was updated appropriately. ...Read more
Is there a lessened chance of side effects of Zoloft (sertraline) if i slowly wax on? Like1/8 pill, 1/4 pill, then1/2 pill, then full pill.? I want to be asafeap!
May not matter: I use your style of giving new medications in many instances but for zoloft (sertraline) I'm unaware of dose dependent side effects or improved safety by slow titration except if patients have liver disease. There, dose and speed of titration will matter. Otherwise, normal therapeutic initial dose is 50mg/day. Which can be increased weekly to max. 200 mg/day. In my opinion starting at 25mg. Isn't unreasonable. ...Read more
I'm currently on Zoloft (sertraline) for depression what are the serious side effects of Zoloft (sertraline)?
Side effects: Other than allergy to the medication the only really serious side effect with Zoloft (sertraline) is that it can very rarely cause suicidal thoughts in some people(usually children and young adults). Otherwise, side effects are usually relatively minor: upset stomach, decreased libido, impaired or delayed ejaculation, dry mouth, drowsiness, agitation, insomnia. Many of the side effects go away with time. ...Read more
My pdoc said that I can up the Zoloft (sertraline) dose from 150 to 200mg if I feel 150 doesn't help enough. Would upping it be wise? (I had 0 side effects so far)
Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) can be raised to 200mg safely, in general -- but I'm wondering what the diagnosis is? You list "abnormally high sex drive"? Sometimes this can indicate a mood disorder with hypomania or mania -- and taking zoloft (sertraline) without a mood stabilizer can worsen that. I suggest consulting with a psychiatrist about your diagnosis and your medication. There may be more effective options for you. ...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
Dysfunctional: If the side effects are impacting your health, or causing you so much distress you are not functioning in your personal or professional life, you should discuss alternative medications with your psychiatrist. ...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
Sedation: There are many possible side effects although they are usually relatively mild. The more common would include sedation, increased yawning, decreased energy, changes in concentration, nausea, diarrhea, weight gain and increased sweating. Not everyone gets these side effects and some get very little in the way of side effects. I would talk with the prescribing physician about your concerns! ...Read more
First two weeks...: Nausea, diarrhea; later, some encounter sexual side effects. ...Read more
That depends: Some side effects may resolve within 2 to 4 weeks (or more), whereas, other side effects may remain. ...Read more