Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly referred to as SSRIs, are a type of antidepressant prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, personality disorders, panic attacks, and depression. There are approximately twelve SSRIs currently on the market, the most common of which are Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. These drugs increase the level of the chemical serotonin, which enhances mood. Like most medications, however, SSRIs do have certain potential side effects. Some of these side effects include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss, and decreased libido, and other sexual difficulties.
While many of the side effects of SSRIs are relatively minor, a few years ago the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that manufacturers of SSRIs include a “black box warning” on every package of medication. Black box warnings are the most serious type of warning required by the FDA and usually involve life-threatening conditions or complications. These warnings on SSRIs involve the serious risk of suicidal thoughts for younger adults aged 18 to 24 during the first few months ofuse. If you or a loved one has suffered harmful complications from SSRIs, the experienced products liability attorneys at the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help you recover.
Birth Injuries Caused by SSRI Antidepressants
In addition to the risks of suicidal behavior in young people, SSRIs also come with serious risks for pregnant women due to the high risk of birth defects. Specifically, the following birth defects have been associated with SSRI use:
- Ventricular and atrial septal defects
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension
- Anencephaly (born without the front part of the brain)
- Craniosynostosis (closing of the skull bones too early)
- Omphalocele (born with organs outside the body)
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Delayed bone development
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, trouble breathing, respiratory complications, irritability, sleep disruption
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies due to birth defects associated with SSRI use. Many more patients are expected to join in the lawsuits due to both suicidal side effects and birth defects caused by SSRI antidepressants.
Call a Clearwater SSRI Antidepressant Attorney for a free consultation
If you or your child has suffered any injury or serious medical conditions due to SSRI antidepressants, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Clearwater pharmaceutical lawyer at the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We are committed to helping injured victims receive proper compensation from responsible companies, so call us today at (727) 451-6900 to schedule a free consultation.