Zoloft is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression and anxiety. Zoloft works to help correct a chemical imbalance in the brain which may be related to symptoms of depression or anxiety.
The most common side effects you may experience from taking Zoloft include:
- dry mouth
- sexual side effects
- increased sweating
- upset stomach
While these very serious side effects are unlikely to occur, they each demand immediate medical attention.
- uncontrollable shaking (tremors)
- loss of appetite
- unusual or rapid weight loss or gain
- black stools
- “coffee ground” vomit
- decreased interest in sex
- decrease in sexual ability
- easy bruising/bleeding
- unusual or severe mental/mood changes
A serious allergic reaction to Zoloft is unlikely, but if it occurs you must immediately seek medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- trouble breathing
In addition to the sexual side effects listed above, men are also at risk of experiencing a painful or prolonged erection which is considered a medical emergency needing immediate medical attention.
If you are taking a medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or pimozide, you should not take Zoloft, which is a selective serotonin inhibitor (SSRI). If these drugs are combined the result can be very serious and sometimes fatal. Symptoms of a drug interaction between an SSRI and an MAOI include:
- autonomic instability with possible rapid fluctuations of vital signs
- extreme agitation progressing to delirium and coma
Zoloft is only approved for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in children between the ages of 6 to 17. Zoloft is not approved for the treatment of depression in children or teenagers.
In October of 2004 the Federal Drug Administration ordered the inclusion of a “black box” warning on Zoloft information, which is the strongest warning aside from withdrawing the drug from the market entirely. This warning informs patients of the increased risk of suicidal and other adverse behavioral events in pediatric Zoloft users. In addition to the behavioral risks, using Zoloft also poses risks to cardiovascular and sexual functioning.
If you believe you have been injured by Zoloft side effects you should speak with a good products liability attorney who is experienced in working with victims of unsafe drugs. Your legal rights depend upon your contacting an attorney within a timely manner after the discovery that you are suffering from Zoloft side effects. You may be able to bring suit with the aid of an attorney, or sue with a group of other victims as part of a class action lawsuit.