Medical Injury Lawyer for SSRI Claims & Lawsuits
SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are prescription drugs used to treat depression and other psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. These drugs are intended to change the level of serotonin in the brain by blocking the reuptake (re-absorption) of this neurotransmitter, thus improving a patient's mood. Some of the leading SSRIs include:
- Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
Though SSRIs are intended to help patients suffering from psychological disorders, they have been linked to serious side effects. If you or someone you know has been injured because of side effects caused by any type of SSRI, a
medical injury lawyer at our firm may be able to help.
The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP are skilled in representing patients and families of patients who have suffered serious injuries from dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Though these claims are often technical in nature and may be complicated, we have the knowledge and resources to give our patients the best possible chance at a positive outcome. We seek maximum compensation in the Zoloft lawsuits we handle, and we assist clients throughout the U.S.
Side Effects Caused by Antidepressants
The specific side effects that a patient may experience while taking antidepressants may vary. While virtually every prescription medication has the potential to cause side effects, some of the side effects caused by SSRIs have the potential to cause serious injury or even the wrongful death of a patient. Some of the types of side effects our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys have seen associated with SSRIs include high blood pressure, weight gain, aggression, headaches and nausea. In teens and adolescents, SSRIs have been linked to suicidal thoughts and behavior. In pregnant women, particularly those who take SSRIs during their third trimester, birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) may result.
Particularly in the case of birth defects and suicide, the side effects caused by SSRIs have the potential to dramatically impact a patient and his or her family. In the face of the resulting medical bills, financial problems and emotional trauma, seeking justice and maximum compensation can make a big difference in a patient and family's ability to move on.
Contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney at our firm to discuss SSRI side effects and your rights in filing a lawsuit.