Zoloft, which is commonly prescribed for major depression, panic disorders, and other mental health conditions, has a wide range of side effects.1 Some of them can be quite serious. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about this medication, but no recalls have taken place.2,3
Common side effects
Side effects of Zoloft, which occur relatively often, are1:
- Sleep changes
- Digestive problems such as nausea, an upset stomach, loss of appetite, indigestion, or diarrhea
- Sexual problems
Actions to take
If you want to continue using Zoloft, your doctor may be able to prescribe other medications or recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the problems listed above.
You may decide the side effects of Zoloft outweigh its advantages. If you are considering discontinuing using Zoloft, you should be aware that doctors do not recommend taking a cold-turkey approach. It is important to taper the dose down gradually.
Severe health effects and legal issues
Although the FDA has never recalled Zoloft, it has many potential side effects and interactions. It may also cause unusual effects for people with certain health conditions. Heart-related side effects may occur but are not common.1 For more information, read the manufacturer’s literature carefully. If you are experiencing these side effects and believe that the medication has done more harm than good, you may want to consult an attorney about filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice.