Sertraline (Zoloft) vs Fluoxetine (Prozac) for teen's anxiety

We’re considering starting our soon to be 13 yo on medication and wanted to get input from other parents who’ve tried

…fluoxetine (Prozac) or 
…sertraline (Zoloft) 

for their child.  It’s mainly for OCD, but our preteen also has general anxiety, probably social anxiety, ADHD-combined (… ASD1 isn’t ruled out - even after a recent neuropsych eval).  

We know one size doesn’t fit all, but we are wondering how these two meds compare.  Does one have more side effects than the other?  If both parents haven’t had side effects, does that mean the child will tolerate the medication better? We would really appreciate any other insight/useful info to consider as we consider this big step.  Thank-you!

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I really encourage you to bring all these questions to your child's doctor, as well as involve your child in the process. Almost 13 is definitely old enough to track symptoms and be aware of side effects, as well as express a commitment to try it for a reasonable amount of time.