Research reported in the online edition the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology (4/27/12) questions the effectiveness and safety of well known antidepressant medications. The study states that the benefits of these drugs are overshadowed by the potential risks they pose. In short, the study concludes that antidepressants such as Zoloft, do more harm than good.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991, Zoloft (sertraline) is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. It’s used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder (SAD).
The use of Zoloft has been linked to serious side effects, including birth defects in children, serotonin syndrome, and an increased risk of suicide.
Zoloft and Birth Defects:
Zoloft use may cause the following birth defects:
- Heart defects
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Club foot
- Limb defects
- Lung defects
- Asthma/breathing issues