Zoloft (sertraline) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. Because depression is common in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), it is often prescribed to those who have the disease. Zoloft is an antidepressant from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) group. It positively affects chemicals that exist in the brain and that may be unbalanced in people with depression, anxiety, or other similar diseases. Zoloft comes as a tablet or a liquid to be taken by mouth once daily, and should be taken at the same time every day. It may take a few weeks or longer before the full benefit of Zoloft is noticed. Some of the common side effects of Zoloft may include drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, gastric disorders, dry mouth, changes in appetite or weight, sleeping disorders, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm. WARNING: SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in pediatric and young adult patients in short-term studies. Closely monitor all antidepressant-treated patients for clinical worsening, and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In addition to the contraindications for all ZOLOFT formulations listed above, ZOLOFT oral solution is contraindicated in patients taking disulfiram. ZOLOFT oral solution contains alcohol, and concomitant use of ZOLOFT and disulfiram may result in a disulfiram-alcohol reaction. Serotonin Syndrome: Patients on ZOLOFT should be monitored for the emergence of a potentially life-threatening serotonin syndrome, particularly with concomitant use of serotonergic drugs (including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, tryptophan, buspirone, amphetamines, and St. John’s Wort) and with drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin (in particular, MAOIs, both those intended to treat psychiatric disorders and also others, such as linezolid and intravenous methylene blue). If concomitant use of ZOLOFT with other serotonergic drugs is clinically warranted, inform patients of the increased risk of serotonin syndrome and monitor for symptoms.
Common side effects of Zoloft include: diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dyspepsia, fatigue, insomnia, loose stools, nausea, tremor, headache, paresthesia, anorexia, decreased libido, delayed ejaculation, diaphoresis, ejaculation failure, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: abdominal pain, agitation, pain, vomiting, anxiety, hypouricemia, and malaise. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects. Applies to sertraline: oral solution, oral tablet Along with its needed effects, sertraline (the active ingredient contained in Zoloft) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking sertraline: Some side effects of sertraline may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. "Some antidepressants and bladder medicines could be linked to dementia," BBC News reports. Researchers reviewed GP records of more than 300,000 people to look for links between dementia and drugs that belong to a group of medicines known as anticholinergic drugs. These drugs block a chemical called acetylcholine, which can affect a wide range of the body's organs. Because of this anticholinergics are used to treat many, often unrelated, conditions such as depression, urinary incontinence and Parkinson's disease. It has been known for some time that anticholinergics can cause problems with thinking; especially in older people. But it's been unclear whether they also raise the risk of dementia in the long term. This study found that anticholinergic drugs were linked with about a 10% increase in the chances of dementia.
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