Zoloft (Sertraline) [prescription drug, generic available]:
For more than 15 years, Zoloft has treated millions of people with depression and certain anxiety conditions. Zoloft (like prozac) is an antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Zoloft affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Sertraline is used to treat depression, certain types of social anxiety conditions, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in adults over age 18.
Side Effects of Zoloft: Many, many different side effects with the most common being (percentage of people with this side effect in brackets): Nausea (up to 30%), Insomnia (up to 28%), Diarrhea (up to 24%), Ejaculation Failure (up to 19%), Dry Mouth (up to 16%), Libido Decreased (up to 11%).
Comparisons with Other Anti-Depressants: A recent study revealed that the three most commonly prescribed anti-depressants had about the same effectiveness. Drugs tested were paxil (paroxetine), prozac (fluoxetine) and zoloft (sertraline). This study followed depressed patients for nine months, well beyond the acute depressive phase. While similar tests do not yet seem available for two newer antidepressants, wellbutrin and lexapro, it is likely that they are also equally effective. For specific side effects of these others... Paxil Side Effects Prozac Side Effects Wellbutrin Side Effects Lexapro Side Effects. The above study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dec 19, 2001.
Popular Zoloft Sites
Understanding Depression. Facts & Myths. How Zoloft Can Help. Self-Quiz. Understanding
PTSD. How Zoloft Can Help. Self-Quiz. Mental Health Organizations & Resources.
- DrugDigest: Sertraline ( Zoloft )
Information on usage, dosage, side effects, and drug comparisons, including generics.
- Sertraline Brand name: Zoloft.
Complete drug monograph from Internet Mental Health.
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