The most common side effects Zoloft users might experience include:
Additionally, these are some of the more serious side effects that can occur:
- Brain “zaps” or electrical shock-like sensations in other parts of the body
In rare cases, some Zoloft users might experience cardiac and gastrointestinal side effects which could include shortness of breath, chest pains, fainting spells or heart attack. Some people who stop the drug too quickly can also experience intestinal disorders such as diverticulitis.
Today, more than one in 10 Americans takes one or more drugs to treat depression, and there is great concern about the over-prescription of these drugs, particularly by primary care physicians as opposed to mental health professionals. A great majority of patients are never given any type of psychiatric assessment in order to accurately determine their need for an SSRI drug like Zoloft.
Zoloft and the entire class of SSRIs carry with them the potential for withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced by adults as well as children. Pregnant women have been advised to avoid SSRIs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), due to the possibility of severe birth defects and withdrawal symptoms in their infants after they are born. But adults must weigh the risk of experiencing a host of potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms as well, when they choose to discontinue treatment of Zoloft or another SSRI.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Those Injured By Zoloft
If you were prescribed Zoloft and took the medication as directed, but experienced a debilitating side effect or injury, you have rights as a consumer. The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of experience helping clients in personal injury cases against pharmaceutical companies. For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please fill out the contact form at the top right of this page.