Sertraline-induced ventricular tachycardia

Nishit H. Patel, Harsh Golwala, Stavros Stavrakis, Eliot Schechter

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Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which is a commonly used drug for major depressive disorder. Most frequently reported adverse effects of sertraline in patients receiving 50-150 mg/d are dry mouth, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and dizziness. We hereby report one of the few cases of sertraline-induced ventricular tachycardia, which has been for the first time objectively assessed by the Naranjo scale. We therefore urge the primary care physicians and the cardiologists to keep sertraline as a possible precipitating factor for evaluation of ventricular tachycardia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e720-e722
JournalAmerican Journal of Therapeutics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Naranjo scale
  • Sertraline
  • Ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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