This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Hair loss is a rare side effect of psychotropic drugs. The most related drug class with this side effect is the mood stabilizers. Studies reporting the sertraline-induced alopecia are limited in number. Sertraline is a potent antidepressant which inhibits the serotonin reuptake from the presynaptic terminals selectively. The reason for hair loss could not be elucidated completely. Psychotropic drugs are usually considered to lead to hair loss through influencing the telogen phase of hair follicle. , women who took Zoloft or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism spectrum disorder. A review of medical records of more than 1,800 children, including 298 who have autism, found the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before giving birth. Mothers who take Zoloft in late pregnancy can “pass along” side effects to their baby. Side effects include: persistent neonatal pulmonary hypertension, neonatal serotonin syndrome and a neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who had been exposed to drugs while in the mother’s womb. Suicide, worsening of depression and mania (especially in undiagnosed bipolar disorder) are among the psychiatric serious Zoloft side effects. For example these two tragic cases were attributed to Zoloft. Brynn Hartman, wife of comedian Phil Hartman, shot and killed her husband and herself while on Zoloft. Christopher Pittman at age twelve shot and killed his grandparents.
Sertraline belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sertraline works by affecting the balance of chemicals in the brain. Specifically, it increases the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. Increased serotonin levels can help improve mood, reduce panic attacks, and treat OCD. Although improvements may occur earlier, the full response to the medication may not appear until after 4 weeks of treatment or longer. This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. The one where a sad little blob rolled around on screen with a rain cloud hovering over its head? That commercial first debuted back in 2001, and since then Zoloft, or Sertraline hydrochloride, has become one of the top psychiatric drugs used by American adults, according to one recent study. “Zoloft is one of the first-line antidepressant medications prescribed for both depression and anxiety, meaning it’s one of the most likely to work,” says Alison Hermann, M. D., a clinical psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Zoloft is part of a class of drugs called SSRIs, or selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors. “Their main effect has to do with changing the signaling of one of the main neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin, which modulates mood,” explains James Murrough, M. D., the director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Zoloft is one of the many antidepressant medications that has been associated with risks of birth. In these instances, the physician may be liable for damages. Nov 25, 2015. Since Zoloft, like all antidepressants, is a toxic drug, changes and damages to your brain, eyes, ears, or other organs or body parts can sometimes be permanent.