ADVOCATING FOR VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS
Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant medication prescribed to treat major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Manufactured by Pfizer, Zoloft was introduced to the American pharmaceutical market in 1991. Zoloft is the top prescribed antidepressant drug in the United States with tens of millions of prescriptions each year.
Part of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants, Zoloft works by increasing the amount of serotonin in a person’s brain, increasing their mood and happiness.
Common side effects of Zoloft include:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased libido
In addition, Zoloft poses other serious side effects to consumers that can cause severe illness, injury, or even death.
BIRTH DEFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH ZOLOFT AND SSRI USAGE
Zoloft can potentially increase the risk of birth defects when mothers take the antidepressants during pregnancy, some studies suggest. Children born to women taking SSRIs (especially during the third trimester) may show symptoms consistent with serotonin syndrome. In addition, newborns are at an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which is a potentially life-threatening condition.
WHAT IS SEROTONIN SYNDROME?
Antidepressant drugs increase the risk of developing serotonin syndrome. This condition is caused by an excessive accumulation of serotonin in the body, which can lead to severe and potentially fatal symptoms, including:
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
Serotonin syndrome can lead to unconsciousness and prove to be fatal if left untreated.
INCREASE IN SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, BEHAVIORS LINKED TO ANTIDEPRESSANTS
The FDA requires all antidepressant medication manufacturers to include a disclaimer in the patient medication guide regarding suicidality. Zoloft and other antidepressant drugs may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in children, teenagers, or young adults, especially during the first few months of treatment or when the dose is altered.
Patients with major depressive disorder taking Zoloft may experience a worsening in their depression or a new emergence of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Families and caregivers of individuals taking antidepressants are urged to monitor their actions, thoughts, and behaviors and report these symptoms to their healthcare provider. Individuals taking Zoloft or other antidepressant drugs should talk with their doctor if they exhibit any signs of worsening of their depression.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS PHARMACEUTICAL LAWYER TODAY
There are a litany of problems that can arise from taking antidepressant drugs such as Zoloft. If you or a loved one were injured after taking Zoloft, you may be entitled to compensation. If your child was born with a birth injury or defect, you may be entitled to compensation to help your child lead a normal life. Let our experienced pharmaceutical litigation lawyers help you take on the drug companies. Contact Thomas J. Henry has the experience and legal resources necessary to develop your case. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free consultation.