Zoloft Shortage Reported Amid Fears Over Coronavirus Pandemic

There are repercussions expected with most left at home and worrying about their future. This concerns their health and financial worries, both part of the problems brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though there are ways such as working from home or keeping themselves busy by browsing the web and maybe playing video games, there are individuals who have resorted to anti-depressants to keep themselves afloat.

There are available antidepressants in the market such as Zoloft, also known by its generic name sertraline. But it appears the demand for these drugs has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Zoloft is currently facing a shortage, Bloomberg reported. Prescriptions for it rose by 12 percent year-over-year to 4.9 million in March, about the time the outbreak started to rise.

This comes not long after experts said to Fox News that a mental health crisis could be the next problem countries will have to deal with. The reason behind this was already mentioned earlier. Self-isolation and lost livelihoods are expected to be a burden for most, something that has been keeping certain individuals worried.

Proof of mental health possibly being the next problem over the horizon is backed up by a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. They found that almost half of the United States population has been feeling the effects of the pandemic, hindering their mental health. Calls and digital counseling have also spiked since the outbreak began, something that could go up for as long as the COVID-19 continues to plague the world. And matters may get worse moving forward due to the looting and riots happening in the country right now tied up to the death of George Floyd.

depression Depression is more common among people who suffer from other illnesses, like heart disease, the CDC reports. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

The rise in demand for antidepressants hardly comes as a surprise. But it may not be the only drug that could be hard to find soon. Though it has gotten its share of criticism, anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine is reportedly also affected. This is the same drug the World Health Organization (WHO) has halted in human experimentation. In a previous post, it was said how the drug has yet to be proven effective. The drug has been linked to more deaths in a study called the Solidarity Trial.