I have no allergies and am middle aged. Was placed on Zoloft and after 10 days broke out into hives and a rash. Was then placed on steroids and after 3 weeks am still showing signs of allergic reactions and am still on steroids.
Food allergies and Zoloft. Has any one developed a food allergy after taking zoloft?
Question posted by mookiecat on 21 Oct 2014
Last updated on 3 February 2023 (23 hours ago) by Dimitra11
Here is my story. I will update you as things change:
TL:DR: taking antidepressants made me intolerant to many foods I used to eat.
Wellbutrin was started on Feb 21 for ADHD. No swelling.
Prozac low dose trial May 21 for PMDD with immediate weight gain with edema - discontinued.
Lexapro low does trail Jun 21 for PMDD - immediate weight gain with edema - discontinued.
Cymbalta very low dose (1/3 of 20mg) Oct 21 for PMDD - immediate weight fain with edema, but my PMDD symptoms were managed, so I am continuing to take it.
From that time on, I have steadily gained 8-10 lbs. Some days I would jump up 4 lbs more; others, I would hover at the 8lb increase mark. Some days I would have intense edema and a very swollen belly.
I went on an elimination diet (no gluten, dairy, eggs, preservatives, dyes, added sugars, soy, tree nuts, legumes, or peanuts). Results were complicated because the swelling/edema isn’t an immediate reaction to regular food allergies that result in hives, headaches, etc.
After cutting out dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, peas (and other legumes), and preservatives (mainly phosphates), I have no edema and rapidly losing weight. It is evident that after eating gluten, I had a bloated belly with weight gain. Dairy caused immediate weight gain plus constipation. Same with soy. The edema has subsided, and I suspect it’s a longer-term cumulative effect of ingesting the foods. Rapid weight gain and constipation are my first signals. (Side note: within 1 hour of eating after eggs, I experienced explosive episodes of rage within 1 hour of consuming eggs, never eating eggs again.)
I suspect that the antidepressants activated intolerances to foods I could generally eat before starting antidepressants. These foods could have been contributing to my PMDD and ADHD before, but the intolerances got worse after starting antidepressants. It’s hard to tell at this point.
I would not have made this association without performing a strict elimination diet which is hard to do without mistakes. You need to have a plan and be prepared to track changes in weight, swelling, MOOD CHANGES from certain foods, headaches, sniffles, throat clearing, etc.
I've been experiencing acute dietary sensitivities since being on a high dose of zoloft, even after quickly weaning off the medication. It has been a full year now. Has anyone else had this happen or (for those who posted it) had their sensitivities subside... or find any solutions? I know this original post is years old. I'm desperately looking for answers. Thanks so much.
Yes. I developed food intolerances after developing serotonin syndrome from sertraline, during perimenopause, after taking it for 5 years. I seem to be intolerant of dairy products, refined sugar, and sugar substitutes.
You are probably getting the food allergies from the steroids. I have taking a medrol dose pack, and I have also developed many foods allergies. I have never had food allergies. Did your allergies get better?
I have no problem with the generic for Zoloft. Perhaps you should get your
doctor to order some blood labs. I did, and discovered I have Diabetes, type 2, and a slight thyroid deficiency. Doctor put me on synthetic thyroid, ,.25mg
pill and I can now swallow any of my pills, and my food goes down really
well, nowl It's always good to have blood tests done each year. Keep up
with the results that they show, if you have them done. There could be
something else, coincidentally, giving you the allergic reactions.
My daughter is 12. When she was born we had cats and she has lived with them until our cat died last March. Our dog that lived with us for five years died last October. These animals lived inside the home.
My daughter started taking sertraline (Zoloft generic) about two to here months ago. Now she is suddenly fiercely allergic to cats and dogs. She has trouble breathing, runny nose, red itchy and watery eyes, itching... She went from zero allergies to severe. Even after taking Flonase she still had allergy symptoms when we went to a friends house that had a dog.
The only one thing different she is is taking 25 mg of sertraline. I am very concerned and the drug does not list this as one of their side effects but I have read people developing food allergies only after taking Zoloft or its generic.
If this medication caused these allergies and even after stopping it she continues with the allergies this will be very devastating for her.
Yes, I was looking for someone else who may have allergic reactions. I have been on sertraline (generic Zoloft) for past 2 months. After 1 month of taking it, I have developed Eosinophilic Esophagitis, which is essentially an allergic reaction to foods including: milk, cheese, eggs, nuts, strawberries, wheat, seeds, and seafood and some meats. I have never had any allergies to foods and have always enjoys eating anything and everything. Now I have an extremely selective diet that is severely impacting my life. I have lost weight and have trouble swallowing every day. There is not a day that I do not have stomach, chest or throat reactions to some food or drink. I can not think of any other adjustment in my life that could have caused this reaction. There must be a correlation. Not sure what to do.
My wife has been in Zolfot for the last year and a half with no showing of any allergic reaction.
Good look, we wish you well.
Why do you think it's a food allergy? You're probably allergic to the med.
- Zoloft uses and safety info
- Zoloft information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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