In the early 90’s Pfizer made Zoloft which is an antidepressant that belongs to the family of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) drug. It is prescribed by most doctors to their patients who are diagnosed with major depression. Needless to say, if you want to take the drug, make sure you have your doctor’s knowledge because Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants may be safer, but they still impose dangers.
At the start of your Zoloft therapy, you might wonder what changes or effects will you going to experience. The medication guide in the bottle may give you the information you need but prefer to hear what people have to say. Hence we have gathered reviews from actual users of the drug regarding its effectiveness and the side effects more frequently exhibited.
Before you are given Zoloft, it is required that you tell your doctor your medical background especially if you have experienced any of these situations:
- A background of suicidal thoughts and/or attempts
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder, otherwise known as manic depression
- Any known allergies including food, dyes, preservatives or latex allergies
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver diseases including liver failure and/or cirrhosis
- Any heart disease
The therapeutic effect of the drug may be experienced after 2-3 weeks thus you need to be patient. At times doctors might prescribe concomitant antidepressants whose onset is a lot faster compared to Zoloft.
According to its users the drug works wonders. Their lives have improved as Zoloft alleviated their major depression which other medications failed.
There are some side effects that the users have pointed out. Most of them experienced diarrhea or loose stools at the beginning of the therapy. This as well as nausea and vomiting which also ceased after a few weeks.
Some users brought up the weight changes they developed when they were on therapy. This may be linked to the appetite change which is not rare to Zoloft’s patients.
A decrease in sex drive (libido) is also prevalent to Zoloft patrons. For elderly couples, it may not be a big problem but the case may be different to the younger ones with spontaneous sex life.
Your physician usually lets you start with a lower dose to reduce adverse events. He/she may gradually increase the dose to ensure its effectiveness.He/she may slowly adjust the dose if the potency is not met. Nonetheless, take the drug according to your doctor’s order and whatever concerns you have on your medical condition and therapy must be conferred with him/her.
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