Side Effects Of Zoloft In The Elderly  

Zoloft, a popular anti-depressant medicine, is usually prescribed for people suffering from conditions, such as PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorders), anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. An important member of the SSRI family of drugs, Zoloft helps in alleviating symptoms and signs of all these disorders without leading to the effects that are commonly seen in patients using conventional drugs like MAO inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants.

Although Zoloft is known to be highly beneficial for patients having any kind of anxiety or depression, it has a number of effects in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly people. However, all the patients using Zoloft need not always develop side-effects.

The side-effects of Zoloft that are commonly observed in the elderly include insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), lose motions, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, and tremors. Some elderly patients might also experience profuse sweating and sexual problems like delayed ejaculation on prolonged use of the medicine. Other serious side-effects of this medicine that commonly affect the elderly patients include abnormal heart palpitations, cardiac arrests, confusion, unsteadiness, rigid muscles, headaches, diarrhea, troubled breathing, hallucinations, and delusions. Some patients might also develop red/purple skin rashes, sinus and urinary infections, bleeding nose, hyperactivity, abnormal behavior, suicidal tendency, wheezing, and hives on unmonitored use of Zoloft over a long period of time.

There are a number of side effects that are known to develop in elderly patients after they stop the use of Zoloft. Zoloft withdrawal can lead to a number of serious symptoms, such as gingivitis, ataxia, bloody stools, edema, diverticulitis, cardiac arrest, gastric ulcers, dehydrations, abnormal mood disorders, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and profuse night sweating, in the elderly patients after they stop the use of Zoloft medication.

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