Zoloft (or Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) is most commonly known as Zoloft. Zoloft is also known as Sertraline and Adderall. Zoloft is one of many prescription antidepressant drugs that work to improve the body’s biochemical balance so that the brain can function properly.
As with all antidepressants, there are possible side effects when using Zoloft. Some of the Zoloft side effects include restlessness, impaired libido, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, diarrhea, dry mouth, dry skin, dry throat, hyperventilation, mania, and sudden changes in vision.
Zoloft and sertraline are used in the treatment of depression. Zoloft is not without its own Zoloft side effects. The most common Zoloft side effect is Zoloft can cause erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, however, is just one of the many Zoloft side effects. This is because Zoloft is also known as Sertraline. Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor also used to treat patients who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorders and panic attacks.
Zoloft and sertraline are two of many medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI’s. These drugs are used to treat different types of psychiatric illnesses including obsessive-compulsive disorders, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Zoloft and sertraline are not interchangeable with other kinds of anti-depressant medications. Many people often confuse Zoloft with Prozac, but they are two different types of anti-depressants.
Zoloft and sertraline are both excellent drugs for treating anxiety and mood disorders, especially when combined with therapy and lifestyle changes. In fact Zoloft and SSRIs have been used for years to treat anxiety and mood disorders, and have relatively low incidence of side effects. However, as an anti-depressant Zoloft has been associated with increasing the chances of heart problems. There have been no long term studies that track the health of patients who take Zoloft. However, there have been some studies that show a link between Zoloft use and the risk of sudden cardiac death or abnormal heart rhythms.
Zoloft and SSRIs have been linked with potentially fatal outcomes such as hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, sudden death and suicide. These drugs are often taken by pregnant women during their first trimester for depression. Because Zoloft and SSRIs carry the possibility of inducing birth defects Zoloft should be avoided by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking this medication. Women of all ages can be prescribed these two drugs if needed.
Zoloft and SSRIs also affect the bone density in a manner that may increase the risk of fractures and related musculoskeletal problems. This is because Zoloft increases the calcium levels in the body at an increased rate, which can be harmful in osteoporosis. SSRIs increase the serotonin levels in the brain, which can reduce anxiety and depressive disorders. But these medications are also associated with other serious risks, including allergic reactions, hallucinations, agitation, panic attacks and mania.
Zoloft and SSRIs may increase the possibility of agitated depression, which is associated with mania and hypomania. Manic episodes are distinguished by hyperactivity, irritability and emotional upheaval. They can occur during the initial term of the medications, on a regular and ongoing basis, or for several weeks after discontinuation. Depression that continues after the termination of therapy may lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Zoloft and SSRIs have been associated with cases of agitated depression that have been associated with violent suicide attempts.
Although antidepressants have positive benefits when used as prescribed, they have a number of negative side-effects. In most cases, patients must eventually discontinue their medication in order to live healthy and minimize the potential for these side-effects. SSRIs are particularly dangerous for people with specific underlying medical conditions, including depression and diabetes.