“Most notably, antidepressants such as Paxil (paroxetine HCl, GlaxoSmithKline), Celexa (citalopram HBr, Forest Laboratories) and Zoloft (sertraline HCl, Pfizer) can cause ocular dryness and secondary blurred vision,” says optometrist and registered pharmacist Jill Autry, of Houston.
Can antidepressants affect your eyesight?
One of the most common eye-related side effects of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications is blurred vision. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, etc. directly affect the pupil and ciliary muscle function of the eye and can make it difficult to focus on near objects.
What are the most common side effects of sertraline?
More common side effects
- nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and indigestion.
- change in sleep habits, including increased sleepiness and insomnia.
- increased sweating.
- sexual problems, including decreased sex drive and ejaculation failure.
- tremor or shaking.
- tiredness and fatigue.
Does sertraline increased eye pressure?
Some SSRI antidepressants such as fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline may have an effect on pupil size causing dilation. This effect can potentially narrow the eye angle resulting in increased intraocular pressure and angle closure glaucoma, especially in predisposed patients.
Are there any long term side effects of sertraline?
To date, there are no known problems associated with long term use of sertraline. It is a safe and effective medication when used as directed.
Can antidepressants cause memory loss?
Antidepressant drugs (Tricyclic antidepressants)
How they can cause memory loss: About 35 percent of adults taking TCAs report some degree of memory impairment and about 54 percent report having difficulty concentrating.
Can dry eyes cause blurry vision?
People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision.
Why should you not take sertraline on a night?
Many people who experience nausea and other side effects from sertraline opt to take it at night in order to limit these side effects. Since sertraline can interfere with sleep in a small percentage of users, many people also opt to take sertraline in the morning.
Is sertraline a strong antidepressant?
Zoloft (sertraline) is a good and safe antidepressant that is also used to treat other psychiatric disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Does sertraline change your personality?
Sertraline will not change your personality or make you feel euphorically happy. It’ll simply help you feel like yourself again. Do not expect to feel better overnight, though. Some people feel worse during the first few weeks of treatment before they begin to feel better.
Is 50mg of Zoloft a lot?
Most studies suggest that the most effective dose of Zoloft is 50 mg per day. This dose is proven to be the most effective and tolerable dose for most patients.
What happens if you drink alcohol with sertraline?
Mixing Zoloft with alcohol can exacerbate the symptoms of an upset stomach, possibly resulting in vomiting. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that by itself can cause depression. The consumption of alcohol can also worsen the symptoms of depression and make Zoloft less effective in treating these symptoms.
Will I lose weight if I come off sertraline?
If you decrease your daily calorie intake as a result, you could potentially lose weight by stopping your antidepressants. On the other hand, if you experience loss of appetite with depression, and your depression comes back after stopping antidepressants, you may also lose weight.
Do antidepressants shorten your life?
The analysis found that in the general population, those taking antidepressants had a 33 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than people who were not taking the drugs. Additionally, antidepressant users were 14 percent more likely to have an adverse cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or a heart attack.
Does sertraline cause dementia?
Antidepressant alternatives that don’t increase dementia risk include SSRI antidepressants like escitalopram and sertraline, that don’t have strong anticholinergic properties.
Is it easy to come off sertraline?
Sertraline has a relatively short half-life of approximately 24 hours and has a moderate risk of causing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may occur a few days after a person begins to taper their dose and may last for 1–3 weeks.