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18 year old taking sertraline for depression. Behavioral changes, loss of focus. Side effects?

my daughter will be 18 years old in June this year, she has been taking sertraline for 6 months to treat her depression during her year 11 study last year, and now i found her behaviour changed a bit: become careless, loss of focus, too optimistic and she got a very low mark on her term 1 study on year 12 etc, and she is a happy girl in general without any depression. are these side-effects of taking sertraline? and i wanted to stop the treatment for her...
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

welcome to health care magic

Sertraline is an SSRI given as antidepressant. Its effects starts in 10-14 days. Starting dose is generally 25-50 mg. The symptoms described by could be due to switching to hypomania (might be drug induced), however, drugs like sertraline are not known for that usually. I advise you to visit a psychiatrist for detailed evaluation as it could be an isolated (not drug induced) manic/hypomanic switch.

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Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It could very well be a part of Depression.
She should be reviewed by the Psychiatrist again
Do not stop the drug without medical advice
If in doubt, have a second opinion

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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