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Zoloft (sertraline) [SSRI]
The medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally psychiatrists’ first choice prescription drugs for Social Anxiety Disorder. Zoloft is an SSRI that is commonly used and approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of SAD. It works in the body by regulating the serotonin levels in the brain, which in turn regulates mood.
Zoloft, like other SSRIs, is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including depression and generalized anxiety. Many SAD patients report positive results and relief from their social anxiety symptoms and, generally, patients tolerate Zoloft well. Some side effects are quite common, with the medication affecting sexual function and appetite in many patients. Headaches and nausea are common but minor side effects, but these normally do not last a long time.
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