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People who suffer from depression, as well as other mental-health related conditions often take medication to help them deal with the stressors of everyday life. There are a variety of drugs that they could be taking, and Zoloft is one of them.
Zoloft is used to treat mental depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD). The generic name for this drug is sertraline.
Sertraline belongs to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). There is a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Zoloft and others SSRIs help increase the activity in the brain. This seems to have a positive effect on how the brain functions.
However, in July of 2006, two serious complications were identified by the Food and Drug Administration in a warning. Along with other SSRIs, Zoloft was shown to increase the risk of Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension.
It also was linked to a life-threatening syndrome. Serotonin Syndrome could occur if SSRIs or SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) were taken along with Triptanmedications. Triptans are commonly used to alleviate headaches.
Taking Zoloft, along with other SSRIs, should be considered very carefully if you are pregnant. The FDA believes that these drugs may cause birth defects in the hearts of newborns. Other effects on newborns are not well documented, but may exist.
Zoloft can cause the following life-threatening complications:
Some complications only affect a small number of individuals, but they are very serious
There are also relatively rare complications that may occur
Anyone who has taken Zoloft and experienced any of these complications could consult their doctor and consider reaching out to an attorney who can help get them compensated for their injuries.
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