Friday, March 17, 2006

question on side effects of Zoloft


 I have posted a few things already on Zoloft but I do have a question about a possible side effect. I have been taking 25mg of Zoloft now for one week, I have also been taking Prevalite for two weeks for a mild colitis problem I have.

Ok now my question: when I was given the Zoloft I was told that it can cause loose stool. I have been taking my zoloft before I go to bed, I wake up about 2am and need to go to the bathroom, yep loose stool (sorry for talking about poo) and would have a hard time falling back to sleep. After the first night the stool issue seems to be ok. I tried taking my Zoloft this morning instead of last night before I went to bed. I slept pretty good and no loose stool this morning. I took my Zoloft when I got up at 5:30am ate some breakfest at 6:30 and headed off to work. At 8:30am I took my Prevalite (its says to take it at least 1 hour after taking any other ! meds) Well at 9am lets just say thank god the bathroom was only 15 feet from my cube.

It seems to me that about 4 hrs after I take my Zoloft I need a bathroom near by. Did any of you that take Zolft have a loose stool problem after you started? If so how long did it last? As a person with Colitis the last thing I need is a med that gives me loose stool, thats what the Prevalite is suppose to help stop.


Garold -- Posted via Talkway - Exchange ideas on practically anything (tm).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Garolds,

Loose stools with SSRI anti-depressants are very common. It is a side-effect that will pass. It is also common that everytime you increase the Zoloft you will have this side-effect for a little while. There are a few things you can do to make this side-effect more tolerable. One, take your Zoloft right after you eat your breakfast, it will help prevent Zoloft from irritating your stomach. Eating banana`s, rice, and foods that are binding will help with the diarrhea too.If all this fails, I would ask your doctor if you could take OTC Immodium. I don`t believe it would be contraindicated with either the Zoloft or the Prevalite. I would take this to prevent having what happened at work, happen again. IMO.....taking one or two Immodium caplets with breakfast, might do the trick in *preventing* diarrhea. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist. This side effect will go away. Good Luck!!

Jackie ~"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."~

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