Review: could Zoloft cause Loss of appetite?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 8, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.4/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 71,341 people who take Zoloft. Among them, 1,129 have Loss of appetite. See who they are, when they have Loss of appetite and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Zoloft (latest outcomes from 77,890 users) has active ingredients of sertraline hydrochloride. It is often used in depression, stress and anxiety. Commonly reported side effects of Zoloft include depression, stress and anxiety, nausea, nausea aggravated, depression aggravated.
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite (lack of feeling to eat) (latest reports from 370,877 patients) has been reported by people with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, pain, osteoporosis.
On Feb, 25, 2014: 71,264 people reported to have side effects when taking Zoloft. Among them, 1,028 people (1.44%) have Loss Of Appetite.
Time on Zoloft when people have Loss of appetite * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Loss of appetite||28.99%||28.99%||11.59%||14.49%||10.14%||0.00%||5.80% |
Age of people who have Loss of appetite when taking Zoloft * :
|Loss of appetite||0.10%||1.15%||6.05%||3.65%||9.60%||16.60%||25.05%||37.79% |
Severity of Loss of appetite when taking Zoloft ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Loss of appetite||10.00%||50.00%||40.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Loss of appetite ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Loss of appetite||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Depression (281 people, 27.33%)
- Anxiety (134 people, 13.04%)
- Pain (77 people, 7.49%)
- Bipolar disorder (68 people, 6.61%)
- Breast cancer (67 people, 6.52%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aredia (182 people, 17.70%)
- Zometa (182 people, 17.70%)
- Aspirin (175 people, 17.02%)
- Synthroid (138 people, 13.42%)
- Xanax (125 people, 12.16%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (4 hours ago):
Vyvanse is my most recently prescribed ADD medication, but I have been on various other prescriptions since the age of 9. (Adderall at first for a short time [< 1 month], stopped because it caused severe panic attacks; Concerta in increasing doses over the next 5 years, but never more than 72mg; Vyvanse for the past 3 years, at 60mg for two years, moved up to 70mg last year). Already had trouble falling asleep; when I started taking these stimulants, it became full blown insomnia, requiring prescription of Clonidine (started at .1mg, has increased to .2mg). During the school day all symptoms are managed very well- no trouble focusing, less impulsiveness, more self-control. After Vyvanse wears off (normally seven and a half to eight hours after ingestion), all symptoms of ADD return in full force. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder (without Agoraphobia) when I started getting frequent panic attacks. I was prescribed Hydroxyzine Pamoate 50mg, which I take whenever I feel a panic attack coming on. I had problems with asthma and acid reflux problems since my birth, and the asthma became very severe. I spent much time in the NICU when I was born, and I had to be rushed to the hospital several times in the first few years of my life. I used to carry an inhaler everywhere, but at the age of 10, 3 years after my last major problem with asthma, my physician and I decided that I had successfully overcome my problems with asthma (insofar as one can overcome such problems- in any case, I haven't had a problem with it in nearly a decade. The acid reflux recently returned, but with very low severity. The only problems I've had with it recently are occasionally waking up with feelings of heartburn and acid rising in my chest. My physician told me to take one dose of over-the-counter Pepcid Complete before bed, and that has remedied all problems with the acid reflux. Last year I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, and prescribed Sertraline.
When I started the ADD stimulants, I had large weight fluctuations, because during the day I had no appetite, but at night I was very hungry. My weight stayed within a range of approximately 40lbs, but there would be months when I gained a lot of weight quickly, and others when I would lose weight just as quickly.
When my workload increased as I began High School, even with a boost in Vyvanse dosage, I found it hard to get all my work done without staying up all night.
I once procrastinated on a project and wound up a week away from the due date with very little done. I stopped taking my Clonidine, and started taking extra Vyvanse and drinking several cups of coffee a day (approx. 10 a day) so I could stay up several nights in a row. After not sleeping from Monday morning to Thursday afternoon, the sleep deprivation resulted in severe bruxism, clicking of my tongue at the back of my teeth uncontrollably, dry mouth, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and eventually auditory hallucinations and syncope. Since then I have not done anything as reckless as abusing stimulants to stay awake.
In times of high stress (the week before opening night for the school musical, for example), I develop an uncontrollable muscle twitch, primarily in my left shoulder but occasionally in my right hand, both at varied and unpredictable intervals. The hand twitch can be very noticeable and very disruptive, especially if it persists for more than a minute. The shoulder twitch is less noticeable, but once acknowledged, it becomes more severe. I have tried holding the limb down, but the only thing that works is riding it out. Never has a single period of muscle twitching exceeded 4 minutes.
From this study (11 months ago):
Kevin Peters Ph.d on Mar, 4, 2013:
Sammy, I'm a white 45 male; just wanted to agree on that Klonopin remark. When I was 21 I had my second kidney transplant which was a BAD issue all together, at any rate the hospital did not include my medications taken at home after my surgery. I went thru the worst hallucinations and jerking and seizures you could ever possibly imagine. This went on for almost 3 1/2 weeks before we decided to have me taken OUT of the hospital and relocated before they ended up taking my life. Then the whole staff of paychology including the chief of psychiatry cane in my room to see what they could do, Finallu. During one of my few moments of clarity the C.O.F after blaming me if talking "drugs" prior to my transplant listened to my word of telling him the meds I was on before being admitted. After asking when was the last time I had received my Klonopin and me not knowing, he then reviewed the charts, and didn't see me receiving this med once. He stormed out of the room of about 9 docs and came back in with two Klonopin; for the first time in almost 4 weeks and after three surgeries the first 72 hours I was hospitalized, I was sleeping like a baby, for about 49 hours with NO MORE hallucinations, or seizures or jerking! I finally got out of there without a kidney since that kidney was supposed to go to another man named the same as I in a different city! I do take Xanax and probably always will. The half life on Klonopin is much different hence one if its dangers, Nevwr Ever stop this drug cold! I've been on dialysis 25 1/2 years now and suffered from intense skin cancers, but have fought and done all I can do to live a normal as possible life, working full time except when I'm in yet another surgery, over 32 general anesthetic procedures since 1987. I was the youngest boy-man to ever be on the USA soccer team ready to play in the Korea 1988 Olympics. What a change in life.....
All the Best,
chris on Jun, 4, 2011:
i have been taking clonzepam and trazedone and my speech is a very hoarse voice, I am wondering if if my speech problem is from these drugs's side effects.
TwoDimes on Apr, 15, 2012:
Upon occasion, I, too, have become hoarse and from the use of Klonopin. I was VERY hoarse when I tried to cold turkey off of 4mgs of Klonopin. I am now down to 1.5mgs per day and, still, (as I said, upon occasion, I become hoarse. I am sure that the use of Klonopin is the causative factor. - TwoDimes -
SammySushi on Jul, 10, 2012:
Omigosh, never cold turkey clonopin, esp that high of a dose. My dad had a major seizure and hallucinations doing so.
Christophe on Nov, 13, 2012:
I suffer from Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol & Cancer survivor because of Zyprexa use and previously being prescribed Carbamezapine causing Thyroid damage. My best advice to you if you don't want Hypothyroidism is have regular blood tests, Thyroid damage can be undetected for up to 5 years with no symptoms found on regular blood tests prematurally. Make sure you buy iodised salt to use on food when eating this will help reduce your risk of getting Hypothyroidism. two signs of Hypothyriodism which the Carbamezapine & Zyprexa medication boxes labels wont tell you is if your face becomes puffed up, red or sun sensitive while taking these medications this is a sign of Hypothyroidism. It wont be found on your blood test but later on it could appear out of the blue. The other sign to look for is baldness or hair loss on your head, this is another symptom. I hope these comments will help you. You have to weight up the benefits and negatives taking medications if you decide to take these medicines or not. It depends on how you cope with the drug side effects.
AUDREY on Dec, 16, 2012:
STARTED TAKING DILTIAZEM 60 MG AND I AM VERY CONSTIPATED. 70 YEARS OLD, HEART SURGERY A FAST HEART RATE....
Sonya on Feb, 24, 2013:
You definately need to take a stool softener...straining during defication can cause major problems in people with cardiac problems.
From this study (2 years ago):
Thirteen year-old male - has taken Vyvanse for 2 years and sertraline for 4 years. Recent increase in irritability, aggessiveness and hostility (past 1-2 months). Also noticed a return of anxiety symptoms such as nail-biting,teeth-grinding during sleep, etc. No external/environmental changes.
Monica on Jun, 6, 2012:
I am an adult, and my teethgrinding has also worsened. Even grind during the day, which I never did.
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