Zoloft Side Effects | Zoloft Increases Risk for Seniors

Zoloft Side Effects are Hard on Seniors

Lance Andrews | December 20th, 2011

Side effects after taking Zoloft, especially in older individuals, may be harsher than was previously though, according to a British Medical Journal study published in early August. Zoloft and other SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have been linked to several side effects, including birth defects resulting from Zoloft. However, the side effects on senior citizens may be even more abundant than on other patient groups. Senior citizens who take SSRI drugs, which include Zoloft, Celexa, and Prozac, are more likely to experience falls, seizures, or bone fractures, have strokes, or even die.

SSRIs are some of the most common forms of antidepressant medication prescribed to patients worldwide. The study published in the British Medical Journal examined the cases of more than 60,000 patients between the ages of 65 and 100 who had been diagnosed with depression. Of these patients, 89 percent received antidepressant medication, and of those who received the medication 54.7 percent received a SSRI. The remaining patients received a different kind of antidepressants, called tricyclic antidepressants. The patients who took SSRIs were more likely to experience falls and strokes.

The fact that older people experience more side effects and at a greater rate could be due in part to the fact that patients’ physiologies change with age. In addition, SSRI drugs like Zoloft could interact with other drugs patients take for age-related ailments.

Many Zoloft patients and former users of other SSRI drugs, used as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, are now filing lawsuits against the companies responsible for the drugs’ manufacture. Patients who have experienced side effects like birth defects and the side effects specific to older people who use SSRI medications are filing suits across the country in order to win damages from the company. In cases like these, damages can help a patient pay off medical bills related to the side effects they have suffered, as well as cover other costs such as lost wages.

Patients who have experienced SSRI side effects from medications like Zoloft may still be eligible to file a lawsuit against the company. They should speak with Zoloft lawyers as quickly as possible in order to evaluate their chances of filing suit.