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Is Zoloft safe for a 16 year old to take?

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September 30, 2012 5:31AM

I am a zoloft user i am 20 but if you go to your doctor and tell

her your problems they will definitly put you on a low dosage like


Zoloft is a common antidepressant belonging to a class of drugs

known as SSRIs. (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). Although

very commonly prescribed, they have been liked to an increase in

suicidal thoughts in young people. Zolfoft along with the other

SSRIs sould be monitored by health care professionals particularly

when prescibed to adolescents.

Best wishes to you.

I've been taking it since I was 16, and now I take 100mg per day

and it helps me.


I'm fifteen and I'm on the generic of Zoloft, which is

Sertraline. I take started with 100 mg, went up to 200 mg at one

point, and am now at 150 mg. It hasn't really affected me. At one

point I was having trouble with overheating, which we think was

from a sleep aid. I do have some issues with controlling my

temperature nowadays, but it's not bad enough to make me alter my

medication intake. Hopefully this helps.


I'm 17 and I've had some very bad experiences with zoloft. I've

been on it for about seven months. For most of that time (on 50 and

100mg), I was fine. However, when I went from 100 to 75mg (due to

symptoms of hypomania), I became suicidal on and off for about two

weeks. However, this problem seems to have stopped now that I'm

back on 50mg. These thoughts were unusual for me, although there is

some chance that the suicide of a close friend could have led my

own depression to become more severe. I would say give it a shot.

Most people do not have suicidal thoughts while on it. And if you

do, tell your doctor immediately and they can fix it very quickly.

As long as you are not already suicidal and impulsive, I would give

it a chance. If there is an unusual danger for you, your doctor

will probably see it. They are normally pretty smart that way,

after all, it is their job.

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