According to MedlinePlus, side effects of sertraline include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, gas, bloating, loss of appetite, weight changes, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nervousness, sore throat, changes in sex drive, excessive sweating and shaking, and pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet. Serious side effects such as blurred vision, seizures, abnormal bleeding or bruising, hallucinations, confusion, irregular heartbeat and muscle stiffness should be reported to a doctor immediately.
MedlinePlus states that taking sertraline can cause unexpected changes in mental health. During treatment, some patients experience new or worsening depression, suicidal thoughts, agitation, panic attacks, problems sleeping, irritability, restlessness and aggressive behavior. It is important to contact a doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur.
Sertraline, also known as Zoloft, is an antidepressant medication classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI. MedlinePlus explains that sertraline helps the brain maintain mental balance by increasing the amount of a natural substance called serotonin. Sertraline is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. It is sometimes prescribed to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, sexual problems and headaches. Sertraline should be taken exactly as prescribed and should not be stopped unless advised by a doctor.