Sertraline (trade names Zoloft, Lustral and others) is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It was introduced to the market by Pfizer in 1991.
Sertraline is primarily prescribed for major depressive disorder in adult outpatients as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, in both adults and children. In 2013, it was the most prescribed antidepressant and second most prescribed psychiatric medication on the U.S. retail market, with over 41 million prescriptions.
Sertraline has known with best least side effects antidepressant in market. Generally people focus on short term side effects of medicines and long term or permanent side effects of medicines are ignored. Some serious universities or research institutes work on long term or permanent side effects but if a serious suspicious data is found at a FDA approved drug then that research is buried into darkness by powerful drug lords.
Sertraline is one of the antidepressant which requires a deeper look for its long term or permanent side effects. Here you find a list for long side effects of Sertraline from a real 5 years experience. As you may guess medical results are based on statistic and these following data is a part of a statistic. Maybe it represents minority but anyway it exists.
Long Term and/or Permanent Side Effects of Sertraline
- Muscle Weakness
- Damages on Bone Structure
- Damage on Bone Marrow
- Severe Pain at L4-L5 Spinal Segment
- Memory Damage
- Poisoned Decision Mechanism
- Diminished Feelings of Love, Passion, Joy and Excitement
- Wiped out Sexual Desire
- Suicide Tendency
I suffered from these side effects many years, even some of them are still standing into my body. So, you should make an evaluation by yourself and ask a question that you wanted these troubles in your life or you may find an alternative way to fight with depression and anxiety without medicine.
If you are interested in risks of antidepressant, i recommend you to read this article which was generated by Harvard Medical School.