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What are the side effects of sertraline HCL?

There are a variety of side effects of sertraline HCL. The most common side effects are nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, dizziness, sweating, drowsiness, and difficulty sleeping.

More serious side effects can occur. If you have an allergic reaction marked by facial and throat swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, and itchy rash, get emergency care. These include unusual or numerous mood changes, change in sexual ability and interest, tremors, and unusual weight loss. Other serious side effects include bruising or bleeding easily, eye pain, changes in vision, swelling or redness in the eye, constant nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, black stools, seizures, urinary changes (dark colored or amount), jaundice, and vomit that looks like coffee grounds in appearance. You should talk to your doctor about these serious side effects.

Taking sertraline HCL can lead to a serious medical condition known as serotonin syndrome. It most commonly occurs when starting or increasing your dosage. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include hallucinations, decreased coordination, restlessness, rapid heart rate, dizziness, fever, severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and twitching muscles. Finally, there is an increased risk of suicidal behaviors or thoughts, and the worsening of your condition when taking an antidepressant.

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