Benefits and Dangers of Taking Zoloft
Zoloft is an antidepressant SSRI drug that was designed for controlling depression by lifting up the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter hormone that is responsible for the regulation of ones mood and mental clarity. This drug was created by Pfizer and has been one of the most prescribed antidepressant SSRI medications of all time.
Benefits of Taking Zoloft
This medication is primarily used for treating major depressive disorders or MDD. But some doctors prescribe this drug to treat panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and even obsessive-compulsive disorder.
This drug claims to reduce the symptoms of MDD. Some of the symptoms of MDD are difficulty in concentrating, sad mood, feeling of worthlessness, changes in sleep routine and appetite, loss of interest in doing activities, physical and mental agitation as well as suicidal thoughts.
Other Side Effects of Taking Zoloft
Just like Prozac, Zoloft also has plenty of alarming side effects. However, its side effects are commonly thought to be not quite as harmful as those of Prozac, but this still largely depends on the reaction from each individual user. Some of the minor, yet common side effects are sexual dysfunction, nausea, suicidal behaviors (if taken in high dosages), diarrhea, restlessness, drastic change in weight, headache, increased sweating, dry mouth, dizziness, tremor and sleepiness or insomnia.
Zoloft and Pregnancy
Apart from the minor side effects listed above, Zoloft is also responsible for birth defects. If a mother is prescribed to the medication while pregnant, there is a very high possibility of a potential birth defect such as PPHN or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. Newborn babies who have this condition often have a slim chance of survival, and can easily result in death. Your baby is also prone to heart problems, cleft lip, spina bifida, among many other birth defects.
Certain Precautions When Taking Zoloft
There are other precautions that you need before you take this medication. If you a have liver or kidney condition or if you suffer from seizures or suicidal behaviors, SSRI medications are most likely not an ideal drug for you. Antidepressants may also cause interactions if you take them along with your other medicines. The doctor might lower the dosage so you can still take the meds while you are taking other medications.
A lot of mothers who were prescribed to Zoloft while pregnant have filed cases against Pfizer. and as a result the drug manufacturer is now facing hundreds if not thousands of new lawsuits. It is the pharmaceutical companies obligation to disclose all potential dangers and side effects when distributing a drug, and when they fail to do so, people get hurt – and even die. This is the main reason we here at Clear Injury strongly encourage anyone affected by Zoloft to file a lawsuit. You can fill out the form on this page or give us a call, we have lawyers experienced in these birth defects cases who can help you seek the compensation you deserve.