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Coming off drug could be risky.

TYSON could suffer the shakes and become very agitated when he comes off the drug Zoloft, a leading doctor warned last night.

The medication - known as Lustral in Britain - is prescribed for depressive disorders such as panic attacks and post-traumatic stress.

It is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Dr Kenneth Harden, chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs' committee, said: "This is an antidepressant very much like Prozac.

"Withdrawal will not send people 'crazy' but it will cause symptoms such as tremors and agitation.

"If an individual is already aggressive, the symptoms could increase that aggression."

Zoloft contains sertraline, a drug which has been commonly used to treat patients with problems with their serotonin levels which control mood.

The nerves in the brain which send messages to each other do not work properly and cause serotonin levels to be unbalanced.

The tablets restore the balance although the use of sertraline with another class of anti-depressants can cause confusion, fever and irritability.
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Author:Mclean, Grace
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2000
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