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Zoloft Dangers

There are many types of Zoloft danger that pose a threat to patients taking this medication. Zoloft is a serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) similar to Prozac and Paxil. Zoloft, manufactured by Pfizer, was approved by the FDA to treat major depressive disorder in 1992. Zoloft was subsequently approved to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), and in 1999 was the first drug approved to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Billions of prescriptions of Zoloft have been distributed worldwide, despite known cases of serious Zoloft danger.

Zoloft danger can occur immediately following the intitiation of treatment. Zoloft danger statements, issued by the drug's manufacturer, caution doctors to carefully monitor patients for worsening of symptoms especially at the beginning of treatment and with dosage changes. Serious Zoloft danger is indicated by psychological symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, inability to sleep, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, extreme restlessness, and mania.

Physical Zoloft danger symptoms include muscle spasms, flu-like symptoms, difficult speech, severe skin rash, jaundice, irregular heart beat, difficulty breathing and swallowing, burred vision. Clinical trials have indicated Zoloft danger related to cardiovascular health and sexual functioning. Common side effects that are experienced by patients taking Zoloft include nausea, weakness, drowsiness, nightmares, dry mouth, skin sensitivity, and appetite changes. Alcohol can increase the risk of Zoloft danger side effects.

Zoloft danger is also present when Zoloft is taken in conjunction with other medications. Zoloft danger increases when patients take Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOs) two weeks prior to Zoloft treatment as reactions can be fatal. Zoloft danger is also increased in patients taking pimozide, or Orap. Pimozide is prescribed to treat Tourette's syndrome and schizophrenia but can cause serious Zoloft danger when used with this medication. CNS active drugs may also pose additional Zoloft danger. Zoloft danger might also be possible as patients switch from one type of SSRI medication to another.

Serious Zoloft danger also involves serious side effects that cause extreme aggression and hostility, suicidal and homicidal behaviors, drug dependency, and akathisia (extreme anxiety and restlessness). Several Zoloft lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer for their failure to adequately disclose Zoloft danger information and properly communicate the risks involved in taking this medication. The serious effects of Zoloft danger have included cases of suicide and homicide that have been perpetrated by victims of Zoloft side effects. Patients taking Zoloft have the right to all information regarding Zoloft danger, and should be carefully monitored for any signs of serious Zoloft side effects.

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