HAVE YOU BEEN HARMED BY A DANGEROUS SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANT?
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants on the market. They are mainly used for treating clinical depression, but may also be prescribed to patients with anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
HOW DO SSRIs WORK?
SSRIs ease depression by affecting the chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, used to communicate between brain cells. Most of the following antidepressants work by changing the levels of one or more of these naturally occurring brain chemicals. The primary cause of depression is a shortage of serotonin. With more serotonin present, the brain can more efficiently transmit messages regarding sleep regulation, mood, and emotions. This in turn helps control symptoms of depression, increasing the patient’s mood and happiness.
LIST OF COMMON SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS
The following SSRI antidepressant drugs have been approved by the FDA to treat depression and other conditions. However, currently, the FDA is reviewing these drugs because of the dangerous side effects they can cause.
THE EFFECTS OF SSRIs ON EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILD
A unique risk that SSRIs pose to pregnant women is an increased risk of severe birth defects. Unborn children exposed to SSRIs while in the womb may be at an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), serotonin syndrome, and other severe birth injuries — especially heart and cardiac problems.
If you are pregnant and taking an SSRI, consult your doctor before possible discontinuation. Relapses in depression in pregnant women have been reported, so it is important that a sudden discontinuation of antidepressants and SSRIs are avoided.
WHAT ARE THE DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS OF SSRIs?
All SSRIs work in a similar way, and almost all SSRIs are known to cause one or more of the following symptoms and side effects.
Side effects of SSRIs can include:
- Dry mouth
- Thoughts of suicide
- Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased sweating
- Weight gain
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED ANTIDEPRESSANT INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one were harmed after taking an SSRI antidepressant medication, you may be entitled to compensation. Pharmaceutical litigation is oftentimes complicated, but our dangeorus drug lawyers are equipped with experience and the legal resources that you need to take on the pharmaceutical companies. Thomas J. Henry will fight on your behalf and help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you suffered from a severe side effect after taking an SSRI or your child was born with a defect after taking an antidepressant during your pregnancy, our attorneys are available 24/7 to hear your story and evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.