|Posted by nancy on January 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Every year thousands of patients use Zoloft as their medication for obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, however, one of the biggest problems these users face are the potential withdrawal symptoms that the drug can cause, especially in those who are trying to stop it suddenly and without doctor’s advise.
Like many antidepressants, those who discontinue Zoloft or reduce their dosages suddenly can potentially experience withdrawal syndrome. The most commonly reported symptoms of withdrawal syndrome have been known to include nausea, fatigue, myalgia, agitation, anxiety, drowsiness, irritability, hallucinations, insomnia, fatigue, shock sensations and sweating. These symptoms however are not the complete list of potential symptoms that can be cause by Zoloft discontinuance, and they can be consider mild or minor symptoms. Many Zoloft users can actually miss the connection with withdrawal syndrome for having the flu or a cold. For some people the symptoms may be so debilitating that they feel not to withdraw their antidepressant, fearing that it may affect their quality of life.
It is necessary that you should be monitored if you are stopping Zoloft. It is better your healthcare provider observes you during the withdrawal period to know about the symptoms and treat them then and there. If at any time during the withdrawal period that you suffer of withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, irritability, confusion, lethargy or headache, your healthcare provider may decide to slow down the speed of the withdrawal process. Clinical studies reveal that using Zoloft during pregnancy may cause the baby to suffer serious side effects from Zoloft withdrawal symptoms when born. Some of the more commonly reported side effects have been known to include constant crying, increased agitation, insomnia and poor feeding behavior. Many healthcare professionals believe that withdrawal effects of Zoloft are strong because this drug has a risk of dependency. Even while trying to slowly reduce Zoloft the side effects of withdrawal have been known to be strong, however, for people stopping it abruptly, the side effects can be severe.
The drug Zoloft has been known to cause SSRI discontinuation syndrome similar to those drugs which also belong to the SSRI group, especially in those who have stopped Zoloft use suddenly. Patients that have been trying to discontinue using Zoloft should be advised that the drug must be reduced in dosage and with doctor’s supervision. Those who are trying to stop Zoloft may also suffer from a relapse in symptoms of depression.
|Posted by nancy on December 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Depression has been one of the many debilitating illnesses known to man. Although its cause remains unknown, there are certain factors that predispose a person to it, psychologists say. These risk factors include gender, age, genetic, stressful events, substance abuse and severe or chronic illnesses, among others. The use of substances like opioids is linked to cause depression and anxiety disorders. Some researchers have found that opioid abuse is connected to depression and anxiety.
The signs of depression include:
• Persistent sadness, irritability and anxiousness
• Suicidal thoughts
• Loss of appetite or overeating
• Insomnia or oversleeping
• Guilty feelings and worthlessness
• Anhedonia or loss of interest
• Lack of concentration
• Decreased energy
Depression is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, which remains one of the controversial theories. Although the low levels of serotonin may affect the mood of a person, experts are not yet sure on how it affects a person’s relatively long-lasting emotional state. To understand the implications of depression, several studies were conducted. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) were developed to help men and women who are suffering from depression. Cases of severe major depression are often curable, says National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The development of SSRIs has led to good therapies against depression. The predecessors of SSRIs are known for their side effects. However, withdrawal symptoms associated with antidepressants may prove to be a problem to most of its users. Men and women who have tried to quit taking the drug abruptly have experienced Zoloft withdrawal symptoms. Doctors advise their patients to taper the dose down slowly. Zoloft is a drug that is hard to quit, according to some people.
When patients have questions about their treatment, they are advised to tell their doctors about it. Some people who have experienced severe side effects quit their medications abruptly. The longer the time a person has used the drug the higher the possibility for withdrawal. Severity of the withdrawal also depends on the dose. Doctors advise patients to closely stick to medication schedule to prevent complications.
The withdrawal symptoms of the drug are not known to most people. Severe withdrawal symptoms arising from Zoloft use has made others file Zoloft lawsuit against Pfizer. Some pharmaceutical companies are also facing cases filed against them by their users.
|Posted by nancy on November 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Depression is considered a disorder of the brain. Taking antidepressant and talk therapy arethe known treatments for depression. Both ways are taken by most patients. Butthe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already issued different warningsregarding Zoloft intake. Zoloft has beenindicated to cause hazardous side effects and withdrawal symptoms. This isaccording to the clinical test procedures plus reports from Zoloft users.
Pfizer is the manufacturerof the antidepressant Zoloft, brand name for setraline. According to mediareports, when Zoloft was released in the global market, it instantly became oneof the biggest-selling antidepressant drugs.
Generally, it is for the treatment of obsessive-compulsivedisorder (OCD), premenstrual dyphoric disorder (PMDD), panic disorder,posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder and majordepression (MDD).
Over the past 15years, a 400 percent increase in usage was observed by Center for DiseaseControl (CDC). This is despite the warnings from the US Food and DrugAdministration, medical researchers and institutions. Meaning, 11 percent ofthe American population is presently taking one or more antidepressants.
Zoloft withdrawal symptoms are triggered when a patientfails to take a scheduled dose or completely taper off from the drug. Medical experts say that heart complicationare the most severe complication of Zoloft withdrawal.
The most common Zoloft withdrawal symptoms are insomnia,tiredness, irritability, dizziness, confusion and headache.
The following are other withdrawal symptoms:
•Shortness of breath;
•Swelling of legs or abdomen
•Dysphagia (inability to swallow)
•Edema of the lungs
•Diarrhea or constipation
•Erythema (swelling of blood vessels)
In addition, birth defects to newborns, physical pain,sexual dysfunction, psychosis, delusion, hallucination, memory loss, sleepingproblems, eating disorders, abnormal personality changes, unusual mood shifts,irritability, hostility, self-harm and other acts of violence are among theharmful side effects reported by the complaining patients.
Therefore, the public should always consult a doctor beforetaking any medicines to avoid any unfortunate repercussions. Thus, Zoloft users should consult theirdoctor immediately if they have doubts on how it is working on them. Frustratedusers filing a lawsuit appear to be gaining ground against Pfizer. Affectedpatients may be able to receive financial compensation from the company.Affected parties should seek legal advice to find out more about Zoloft lawsuits.
As for those taking antidepressants, it is safe for them to considerthat the number of lawsuit filed against its manufacturer implies thatantidepressants may not be the best way to deal with their problems. Healthcare experts may provide safer ways instead of antidepressants.