Detailed Zoloft Information
Generic Name: sertraline (or sertraline hydrochloride)
Drug Class: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant
CAS Number: 79617-96-2
Zoloft is used to treat the following disorders:
- major depressive disorder (MDD)
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- panic disorder
- and social phobia (social anxiety disorder, or SAD)
- The use of MAOIs intended to treat psychiatric disorders with Zoloft or within 14 days of stopping treatment with Zoloft is contraindicated because of an increased risk of serotonin syndrome.
- The use of Zoloft within 14 days of stopping an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders is also contraindicated.
- Concomitant use in patients taking pimozide is contraindicated. Zoloft is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to sertraline or any of the inactive ingredients in Zoloft.
- sexual dysfunction
- dry mouth
- excessive sweating
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- head pain
- stomach cramps
- feeling weak
- anxiety and nervousness
Serious Adverse Outcome:
Serotonin syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like Reactions. The development of a potentially life-threatening serotonin syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions have been reported with SNRIs and SSRIs alone, including Zoloft treatment, but particularly with concomitant use of serotonergic drugs (including triptans) with drugs which impair metabolism of serotonin (including MAOIs), or with antipsychotics or other dopamine antagonists.
Serotonin syndrome symptoms may include:
mental status changes
- labile blood pressure
and/or gastrointestinal symptoms
Zoloft carries the following Black Box warning on its label: Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.
- New England Journal of Medicine Study:Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors and Risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- New England Journal of Medicine Study:First-Trimester Use of Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors and the Risk of Birth Defects
Category C, which means there is no controlled data in human pregnancy studies but animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus.