Numerous unsatisfied patients of the antidepressant drug, Zoloft, have come forward to claim the drug caused serious, life-threatening side effects and did not work as described. Some of the most serious side effects reported have included increased risk of suicide and numerous severe birth defects. Several lawsuits have since been filed by families and individuals who have suffered significant damages after taking Zoloft.
Manufactured by Pfizer, Zoloft is a type of antidepressant medication called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This type of drug helps regulate chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced in people with depression, anxiety, and other similar issues. In 1991 the FDA approved Zoloft, but has since released a number of safety warnings for various side effects. The drug has typically been used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, and anxiety, among other illnesses.
The reported side effects of Zoloft range from moderate to life-threatening, and include birth defects in women who took the drug while pregnant. In some cases, rather than treat depression, Zoloft has been known to cause suicidal thoughts and behaviors, leading the FDA to issue a black box warning. This warning is the FDA’s strongest, and must be displayed on the drug label by all manufacturers.
Symptoms of suicidal side effects may include:
Zoloft has also been linked to numerous birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study of the drug, finding that women who took the drug while pregnant had an increased risk of delivering babies with atrial and ventricular septal defects. Additionally, research shows the babies of mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant often have difficulty feeding, show signs of agitation, have abnormal muscle tone, and sometimes have seizures.
Birth defects linked to Zoloft include, but are not limited to:
Not only has Zoloft been linked to multiple negative side effects, many report that the drug did not perform as described, providing no relief. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer because of the failure to deliver the advertised benefits, in addition to those filed because of the severe harm caused by Zoloft.
If you or a loved one has taken Zoloft and suffered from any negative side effects, you may be able to seek compensation. At Bertram & Graf, L.L.C., we offer complimentary case reviews for anyone who believes they may have a claim. Our lawyers adhere to high standards of service, providing individual attention to each client in order to better fight for their rights in and out of the courtroom.
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