Women who want to stop taking Zoloft could experience severe withdrawal symptoms, with no real solution on the rise, according to experts. Withdrawal symptoms of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) such as Zoloft can be both physical and psychological, sometimes requiring hospitalization.
Nearly 70% of the long-term users of Zoloft are women, leading to concerns about women who want to stop taking the drugs during pregnancy to avoid Zoloft birth defects. Some women have reported prolonged periods of sickness, vomiting, hallucinations and other Zoloft withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit.
Women who take Zoloft during pregnancy may also put their child at an increased risk for SSRI birth defects. Some of these birth defects include heart defects, brain defects, cleft palate defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), omphalocele, anencephaly and other severe birth defects.