Zoloft (sertraline) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which helps correct the imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Zoloft is commonly prescribed for depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it can also be given to IBS patients, usually in lower doses than those given to depressed patients. The most common side effects of Zoloft are constipation, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach upset and vomiting. I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 18 after three months of horrible tests and dead ends. I was reluctant to accept the diagnosis, but I had spent the last three months in bed with cramps, nausea, diarrhea and constipation and I had become very depressed (although I was in denial about my depression). My doctor prescribed 50mg of Zoloft (half a tablet first, then a full 50mg). I was still hesitant but went with the regimen, and within a month I was back to normal, started college, got engaged, and moved to a new house. Symptoms such as nausea, weight gain or sleep problems can be common initially. For many people, these improve within weeks of starting an antidepressant. In some cases, however, antidepressants cause side effects that don't go away. Talk to your doctor or mental health provider about any side effects you're having. For some antidepressants, monitoring blood levels may help determine the range of effectiveness and to what extent dosage can be adjusted to help reduce side effects. Rarely, antidepressants can cause serious side effects that need to be treated right away. Depending on your heart health and the type of antidepressant you take, periodically you may need an electrocardiogram (ECG) to monitor what's called the QT interval to be sure there is no prolonged interval before or during treatment that could increase your risk of serious irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia).
Zoloft (sertraline) belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These medications work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain. Low levels of serotonin in the brain are linked to a depressed mood in addition to cognitive difficulties like poor memory. It's important that you don't expect immediate results when taking Zoloft. People typically notice some improvement within a week or two, but it may take several weeks until you feel the full effects of the drug. Also, when you start taking Zoloft, you may experience some side effects. The most common ones include nausea or upset stomach, diarrhea, sweating, tremor, or a decreased appetite. When I first started Zoloft (also taking Larazopam as need) I got severe nausea and diarrhea. My doctor had me take a 3 day "break" and then start it again which seemed to do the trick. However it's been 2 weeks and stomach pain has in increased in my middle upper abdomen (feels like a basball in my abdomen) and gas, burping and flatulence are at an all time high. Obviously I am completely panicked about this because I have anxiety about my health.
Also, when you start taking Zoloft, you may experience some side effects. The most common ones include nausea or upset stomach, diarrhea. Zoloft generic name sertraline is part of a large family of antidepressants known as SSRI’s selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors which increase serotonin in the brain.