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If you’re taking sertraline and struggling with weight loss, you’re not alone. Many people report experiencing weight loss as a side effect of the medication. Here’s what you need to know.
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Sertraline is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Sertraline is also used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Sertraline may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level, as well as decrease anxiety and agitation.
What is Sertraline?
Sertraline (Zoloft) is an antidepressant belonging to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or other mental illness.
Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Sertraline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Weight Loss as a Side Effect of Sertraline
Weight loss is a common side effect of Sertraline. According to the prescribing information for Zoloft, weight loss occurred in more than 1% of patients taking Sertraline. However, it is unknown if this weight loss is due to the medication or other factors.
Weight loss is not a listed side effect of Sertraline according to the National Institutes of Health. In clinical studies, weight loss was only reported in more than 1% of patients taking Sertraline. If you are concerned about weight loss while taking Sertraline, talk to your healthcare provider.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that there is no clear evidence that sertraline causes weight loss. However, some people may experience weight loss as a side effect of the medication. If you are concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor about other ways to manage your weight.