There has been an argument on whether or not Zoloft gives a high feeling to someone using it beyond the prescribed dose. While some might have claimed of having such experience after taking it regularly and at an increased amount, there have been no clinical studies yet that may prove this claim.
Zoloft Use and Chemistry
Zoloft, which carries the generic name Sertraline, is an anti-depressant drug that belongs to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disease, and depression.
The popularity of the drug could be attributed to the fact that it has less cardiovascular, anticholinergic, and sedative effects on the patient, among other things.
Other common SSRI drugs are Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), and Celexa (citalopram).
Zoloft High: Is It Possible?
It is worth noting that this drug may give a feeling of being lifted because of depression slowly going away but that is not exactly getting high.
In fact, it takes a while before Zoloft to work. However, an improvement on the patient’s condition can be observed as early as one to two weeks. Meanwhile, its full effect can only be felt if it has been taken for a minimum of four weeks. However, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to fully improve.
When taken more than this period or beyond the recommended dosage, can Zoloft make someone high?
The answer is NO.
Antidepressants do not cause such feelings to anyone taking them.
It has been observed, though, that the patient gets more active and energized soon after treatment starts. This is compared to the usual mood of the patient. That is probably the real condition when certain patients declare that they experience a euphoric effect from Zoloft.
A research by a data analysis organization, eHealthMe affirmed the euphoric effects of Zoloft after asking more than 100,000 individuals. The common thread is that the patients were females between the ages of 30 and 39 years old and they’ve been taking the medication for over a month and also the medication Synthroid. One interesting result of that study is that the euphoric effects of Zoloft wanes the longer you use it.
Is Zoloft Addictive?
There have been no studies as of yet, confirming the belief that antidepressants like Zoloft can be physically addictive.
Some may say it is, while others would say it is not. The absence of a medical finding that would put an end to this debate makes it more difficult to conclude if Zoloft is indeed addictive. Experts in the medical field have no tangible proof that those who have stopped taking it have developed a craving for the drug.
However, considering that it can affect someone’s central nervous system, medical practitioners must take caution when administering Zoloft or any antidepressant to anyone who has a history of substance abuse. The possibility of developing an addiction to it is higher compared to the patients who never abused prescription drugs.
Withdrawal from an antidepressant is what others fear when they need to stop taking it because of the presumed undesired effects. Side effects are unlikely to happen if the patient stops taking it gradually. This means that antidepressants like Zoloft may cause certain symptoms only when stopped abruptly. Since these are used to alter the neurotransmitter levels inside a person’s body, there is a possibility that effects could be both mentally and physically observed.
Among them are the following:
The patient may have trouble sleeping;
Speech coordination and body movements could be difficult to control;
Feelings that a person suddenly experiences (e.g. irritability, confusion, agitation, anxiety, and depression);
The person develops hypersensitivity to a lot of things. Sound may even become extra disturbing, despite not being loud.
Questions About Zoloft? We Can Help!
Should you have questions about Zoloft, do not hesitate to contact us. We will provide you with your much-needed answers. Meanwhile, if you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing some unusual side effects of the drug, we are always ready to help.
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