The most common side effects Zoloft users might experience include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Weight loss
- Dry mouth
Zoloft is a relatively safe treatment for depression, but it can cause potential harm to unborn children when taken by women during pregnancy. Several studies have been published linking Zoloft to potentially fatal birth defects, including a lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), heart defects, and omphalocele birth defects (in which a newborn’s abdominal organs protrude from the belly button). Women who take Zoloft while pregnant also run the risk of delivering babies who have seizures, feeding difficulties, apnea, hypoglycemia, and more.
In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about Zoloft use in children and teenagers that could increase their tendency towards suicidality (increased risks in suicidal thinking and behavior). In 2007, the warning was extended to young adults aged 18 to 24. Although the warning does not include adults, the Zoloft medication guide states that adults may also experience “worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior.”
The side effects described above are not comprehensive, and you should carefully read the medication guide that comes with your prescription and speak with your doctor in order to understand all of the risks associated with taking the drug.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Those Injured By Zoloft
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