Zoloft side effects include suicidal thoughts and sexual dysfunction. Recent studies also suggest that pregnant women who use antidepressants like Zoloft may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects or autism.
Zoloft is an SSRI antidepressant introduced by Pfizer, Inc. in 1990. It was marketed as a safer alternative to competitors like Prozac, and by 2005 was the most popular antidepressant in the U.S. That year, its $3.6 billion in sales made Zoloft the country’s sixth-most prescribed brand-name medication.
SSRIs like Zoloft work by controlling the brain’s level of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that is believed to affect mood, sleep and learning. Zoloft is indicated to treat:
Individuals using Zoloft should seek medical help immediately if they experience any of the following side effects:
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires the labels of all antidepressants, including Zoloft, to include a boxed warning regarding a possible increased risk of suicidal behavior during the early stages of treatment, especially children.
Less serious Zoloft side effects may include:
The FDA has placed Zoloft in pregnancy category C, which indicates that animal studies have shown some harm to the fetus, but there have been no adequate studies in humans. However, recent research has suggested that expectant mothers who take SSRI antidepressants after their 20th week are more likely to have a baby with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). One other study also found that Zoloft could double the risk that a child will be born with a heart defect. Other studies have linked the use of SSRIs during pregnancy to anencephaly and oral clefts.
A study published in 2016 also found that children exposed to SSRIs during the last two trimesters of pregnancy were 117% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
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