Side effects of sertraline
Side effects of SSRIs as a group are shown below. The response to antidepressants is quite individual, so you may not get any of these side effects, or only one or two. Some side effects are temporary, and will go away a few weeks after you started taking sertraline. If you find any side effects troublesome, talk to your doctor about how to manage them, or about switching to another medicine.
Remember that the risk of side effects with any medicine needs to be weighed against its benefit in treating your condition. Your doctor can help you weigh up your treatment options. See also Is this medicine right for me?
Frequency of side effects with SSRI antidepressants
|Common (1% of people or more)||Infrequent (between 0.1% and 1% of people)||Rare (fewer than 0.1% of people)|
|This is not a complete list of sertraline’s side effects. See the consumer medicine information (CMI) for more information.|
Sertraline and driving or operating machinery
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
Who can I ask about side effects?
If you’re concerned that you or someone in your care is having side effects related to a medicine, seek medical advice.
Call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and minerals) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.
To report and discuss possible side effects, call the Adverse Medicines Events (AME) line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm).
Find out more about
- What sertraline does and how effective it is
- Who sertraline is for and who should be cautious
- Interactions with sertraline
- Brands of sertraline
If you are starting sertraline, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.
For more information
- Starting, switching and stopping antidepressants
- Managing side effects of antidepressants
- Psychological therapies
The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of sertraline is available from our website or a pharmacist. If you have any concerns about side effects, talk to your health professional. The CMI includes:
- How to take this medicine
- What to do if you forget to take it
- If you take too much (overdose)
- Things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
- Signs of severe reactions and what to do.