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What Is Zoloft?


A common type of medication used to treat patients with depression is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. According to “SSRIs ease depression by affecting naturally occurring chemical messengers (neurotransmitters), which are used to communicate between brain cells. SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Changing the balance of serotonin seems to help brain cells send and receive chemical messages, which in turn boosts mood.” One type of SSRI is called Zoloft. This article will focus on basic information about Zoloft and it’s side effects.

Zoloft: The Basics

According to, Zoloft should be taken one time per day with or without the addition of food. The dosage of Zoloft can range from 50mg to 200mg. It is also worth noting that alcohol or other types of drugs should not be taken with Zoloft as they can decrease the effectiveness of the medication. On an even further note, if you miss a dosage of Zoloft take it as soon as you remember, unless it is the time for your next dosage of Zoloft. In this case, do not double up on the dosage of Zoloft. Just take one dosage.

What Are The Side Effects Of Zoloft?

According to, possible side effects of taking Zoloft include having a headache, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, as well as increased sweating. Other side effects of Zoloft include feeling nervous, restless, fatigued, sleepy or having trouble sleeping. According to, side effects of taking Zoloft in children and adolescents include abnormal increases in muscle movement or agitation, as well as nose bleeds. Other side effects may include urinating more often or even urinary incontinence. Zoloft may also cause aggressiveness in children and adolescents, as well as heavy menstrual periods. Possible slowed growth weight and weight change are also possible side effects of Zoloft in children and adolescents.


Zoloft is a very common medication used to treat individuals with symptoms associated with depression. Plus, being a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, it is also a very effective medication used to treat depression. If you are concerned about the potential side effects associated with taking Zoloft for the treatment of depression, consult with your psychiatrist before taking Zoloft for the treatment of depression. On an even further note, listen to what your doctor says about taking Zoloft. If your psychiatrist decides to switch your dosage, listen to them. Be wise.

What Is Zoloft?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). What Is Zoloft?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 29, 2020, from


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