A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that patients who use the antidepressant Zoloft for an extended period of time may be more likely to develop type II diabetes. According to the study, users of antidepressants such as Zoloft were 84% more likely to develop diabetes after two years than patients who used did not use the drugs.
Researchers found that patients who took higher doses of the antidepressant were more likely to develop diabetes than patients on lower doses. Patients who developed diabetes while taking Zoloft also tended to gain weight faster than other patients.
The study was part of an increased effort to determine the safety of antidepressants such as Zoloft. Previous studies have linked Zoloft to an increased risk of severe birth defects among women who use the drug during pregnancy, including congenital birth defects and heart defects.