Alternatives to Zoloft are providing depression patients with new hope as Zoloft and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) undergo increased scrutiny related to efficacy and side effects. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is one example of an approved, painless treatment that targets areas of the brain known to control mood without the side effects of Zoloft.
Of the 24 patients treated with rTMS so far, 75% were completely treated of their severe depression and listed as “in remission.” Some studies have found that Zoloft and other SSRIs may be only as effective as placebos, but carry increased risks of severe side effects, including birth defects.
Zoloft birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), omphalocele, anencephaly, heart defects, brain defects and other congenital birth defects. Thousands of patients have filed Zoloft lawsuits alleging that the manufacturer failed to disclose the increased risks of birth defects associated with Zoloft.