Increased Suicidal Thoughts Prompted Zoloft to Release a Warning Aside from Birth Defects

Zoloft has been considered as one of the famous brands of antidepressants in the market. A number of celebrities use the drug and it was even mentioned in the movie, Love and Other Drugs a lot of times. It is also believed to be one of the safest antidepressant medications because it is under the SSRI drug class, even so with reports of sexual dysfunction have been made as one of the Zoloft side effects. However, there has been a newly approved SSRI by the FDA which is reported to cause fewer sexual dysfunctions. Viibryd, the newest antidepressant has fewer sexual side effects and has the same warnings and labels found in Zoloft and other SSRI’s. Even though it has fewer side effects than other antidepressants, a strong warning was issued with regard to the drug increasing suicidal thoughts.

The Zoloft Warning

According to the Zoloft website, “Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults especially within the first few months of treatment. Depression and certain other serious mental illnesses are important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Anyone considering the use of ZOLOFT or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. ZOLOFT is not approved for use in pediatric patients except for patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)”. This is something that should not be taken lightly as both the FDA and the drug manufacturer has made significant actions regarding the matter. It would be ideal to call your doctor if you have interests in taking the medication especially if you belong to the population that would be greatly affected by the warning.

Suicide May Happen In Major Depression

Major depression is a disease which needs medical intervention. Suicide is the situation that we avoid from happening in a person suffering from depression. Aside from avoiding situations that may lead to suicide such as overwhelming the person with too much stress, we must also be aware of other things that may aggravate the condition such as the use of medications. Your physician can best answer your questions with regard to your treatment plan so it would be wise to ask questions at the same time doing some research on reliable sources regarding the potential side effects of your medications. Zoloft for example, has been associated with Zoloft birth defects aside from the occurrence of suicidal thoughts as mentioned above.

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