The generic name for Zoloft is Sertraline. It’s an antidepressant medication that belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Setraline is able to affect chemicals inside the brain that might be unbalanced in people who suffer from depression, panic, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Zoloft is used for the primary purpose of treating depression problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, as well as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). There are also other purpose this drug might be used for that a doctor will determine.
What are some of the side effects you put yourself at risk of if you decide to use Zoloft?
Allergic Reactions-Symptoms include a skin rash, hives, a hard time breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Mood or behavior changes
Symptoms of high serotonin in the body– agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting
Low levels of sodium in the body-headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady
Manic episodes – racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior, extreme happiness, being irritable or talkative.
What are some of the more common side effects if you decide to us Zoloft?
Changes in appetite or weight
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Decreased sex drive
Difficulty having an orgasm
What’s one good way to know if you would benefit from a medication like Zoloft?
When you suffer from some form of depression or another mood disorder, then you’re going to have a hard time letting your thoughts rest. The reason for this is because there’s either going to be a lot on your mind or there’s going to be specific thoughts on your mind that cause you to feel very down and out. One of the primary ways to know if you would benefit from a medication such as Zoloft would be to look at your sleeping habits.
For instance, a person who only had a mild form of depression might have an easier time getting to bed. In fact, sleep can become a form of escape but in this case it would be a bad thing. People who suffer from severe depression tend to take a long time to get to sleep, because they have so many low level thoughts on their mind. Not only this, but even when they get to sleep they have a hard time getting the quality sleep they need. This makes things worse.
Zoloft can help people in this regard, because by allowing you to get over the symptoms of depression or various other mood disorders, you’ll have an easier time getting to sleep and staying asleep. You won’t lay there in bed thinking about so many negative thoughts and having a sense of doubt, dread, fear, worry, anxiety, etc. This medication is designed to help you combat such feelings so you can go out and live your life normally.
Taking a long time to get to sleep is a surefire sign that you might be suffering from depression, because in many cases sleep only makes you feel worse. To some sleep might represent bringing them closer to whatever it is that’s causing depression. An example would be a college student who is doing bad in school and it’s causing low level feelings. Sleeping only offers a temporary escape, but each hour bring this person closer to having to go back to school. So they stay awake or struggle.
Zoloft is good for the person who wants to get control over their thoughts so those thoughts don’t control them in ways that are self destructive.