About a year ago I went on Zoloft 50 mg for treatment of ocd\depression. I had been on Luvox for a year with success but started breaking out in hives(unrelated)so my psychiatrist changed it. About 2 weeks into it, I noticed my skin had become very fragile, it tore quite easily, and my eyelids suddenly became hooded. It seemed I had aged beyond a youthful 23 in less than a month, my skin crepe-y and sagging. I immediately quit the med. I noticed that on the medical pamplet it listed thin skin as a side effect for CHILDREN. I did some research on dermatology web forums and it said that thin skin was "always temporary". Well, my skin did much improve after going off the Zoloft, but the skin around my eyes, esp. eyelids is still quite delicate and hang a bit, and if I tug at the skin on my arms and hands it is still pretty crepe-y. My hands still look older than they should. The skin does not seem "attached" to the muscle\fat etc. underneath. I have thick oily skin that is quite resiliant, & I am a very healthy non-smoker. My question is-- WHAT exactly happened? My psychiatrist seemed a bit baffled when I told him and he said that it would have surprised him less with the Luvox. He was not helpful at all. It is year later and I have pretty much overcome the Ocd with some major lifestyle changes, but the strange skin effect remains. I am living halfway across the world in a foreign country so it is not an option to see a doctor about it now.
How long is this going to take to correct itself? Is it a matter of increasing thickness? Is it possible that some nerve pathways to the skin were shut down? Again- what happened? Did the skin shrink? The crepyness is due to "skin layers having been seperated", from what I have read on aging. How did the sertraline metabolize in my body so as to cause this? I am not a med student but I would like a medical explanation. Any research into this anomaly would be greatly appreciately, as it has been a concern of mine for some time now.