i want to now how it effictes the brain over all
25 Nov 2011
Hello zoloft is a drug that falls under the SSRI family or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. The drug is precribed for a variety of diganosisPanic attacks. most types of depression, as well as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Serotonin are nerves cells that are produced your brain. Zoloft has a different chemical make up from other anti-depressants and works on the part of your brain that produces serotonin. Zoloft is a highly effective drug, and most people who take it do well on it. It takes most 4 to 5 weeks for you to begin to see, feel results. Meaning improvement, better. The side effects are insomnia, low libido (sex drive) and feeling tired. Those are the major complaints. Others are minor, trembling of hands, sore throat, that type of thing. Most people stay at anywhere from 100 to 200 mg per day. It when taken, say 50mg, it will leave your body no later than say 36 hours. usually less. We call that half life.
Zoloft has a very quick, fast half life. Thats good for some side effects. If you're feeling a bad side effect, say headache for example, your headache will leave you faster because the drug, zoloft will not be in your body to give you a headache. You will be alert, theres no heavy sedated feeling when taking the drug. Its as I said, wel tolerated by most users, and once on it, usually stay on it. The brain responds well to zoloft. Thats why its a popularly prescribed drug. Best wishes to you,
28 Nov 2011
Zoloft is commonly prescribed for depression and/or anxiety disorders. It is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. A detailed mechanism of action can be found on this site probably right under the drug name. I don't know if I am allowed to link or not so I won't. But what I do with any medication I am prescribed is search reviews on the internet, and look at sites where they show statistics on the side effects people have experienced and reported. I always check on what type of withdrawal the drug gives- started doing this after I was on Zoloft and had horrible withdrawal from it. You can find articles about a drug's effectiveness by searching the drug name and the word effectiveness, but make sure the article isn't written from the drug makers website or an affiliate. From what I have read on Zoloft, it does help many people. It also causes some people to gain weight, which doctors don't like to tell you.
The withdrawal is bad, all the flu symptoms plus vertigo plus nightmares, and brain twitches or zaps some people call them. This lasted 2-3 weeks for me, after a slow taper of the drug. I don't want to scare you though. I am on Klonopin which causes withdrawal, but the benefits of it outweigh the time I will suffer when I feel better. I have Depression and PTSD. For me the SSRI's make me more depressed, and I have tried them all for decent amounts of time. But they do help many people, as you will see if you read the reviews. Best wishes to you.
6 Dec 2011
Actually no one can answer the question as you have framed it as they don't have results over long enough period to state categorically how a brain is affected overall.
Additionally there are many other factors you haven't mentioned, such as your age, if you dink booze or take other substances.
The people who designed the drug couldn't answer this question and the other answers just state what it's process is, not the effect on a brain overall.
Definitely research always as suggested though. The more you know the better chances you have.
- Zoloft Information for Consumers
- Zoloft Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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