Heart Defects

What is an SSRI?

SSRI is an acronym that stands for “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” This type of medicine is commonly known as “antidepressants.” They can provide relief from mild to severe types of depression. It works by blocking the neurotransmitters that transmit messages to the brain. These neurotransmitters provide messages that can either cause people to be happy or become depressed. Having well-balanced neurotransmitters results in a better, more stable mood.

One of the neurotransmitters in the body is serotonin. Sufficient serotonin levels are responsible for elevated moods. However, if serotonin is deficient, it causes depression. That is why the SSRIs help by balancing the serotonin in the body and blocking the reuptake of the serotonin in the brain. Some antidepressants act by changing one or more levels of neurotransmitters in the body. SSRIs are classified as selective type of antidepressants because they focus on changing the serotonin only and nothing else.

The many side effects of the SSRIs

Serotonin has different side effects in the body. It generally has similar side effects with other antidepressants. However, some of the particular effects may vary depending on the chemical reactions of the person and their body’s response to the medicine. Most of these side effects can go away after a couple of days or weeks after the treatment. It is much better if the patient consults their doctor to understand what to do when the side effects occur.

Here are the following side effects of serotonin:

  • Lightheadedness

  • Nausea

  • Erectile dysfunction and reduced or less sexual desire or incapability of reaching orgasm during sex

  • Anxiety, disturbance or agitation

  • Sleepiness

  • Sleeplessness

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache

  • Dry mouth

  • Sickness

  • Obesity or loss of weight

Heart defects and other serious side effects of Antidepressants

For pregnant women who take SSRIs during pregnancy, their unborn babies face a huge risk of developing septal heart defects. Several studies, such as the Cohort study in Denmark, prove that large numbers of babies are born with septal heart defects, due to their mother’s use of an SSRI. Because of this study, several actions are now being executed to help those who have been affected.

Have you or your child suffered heart defects because of SSRI?

First and foremost, you need to seek medical advice from experts. Heart problems must immediately be treated so that there are no other complications in the future. Doctors and experts may recommend several medical procedures in order to resolve the issue. Find the right and experienced doctors to help you. Their expertise can help you find the solution.

Additionally, If you or your loved one is a victim of this medication, you can file a legal claim and seek financial compensation from the damage that it has caused you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to call our lawyers today at (888) 260-9494. The consultation with our expert lawyers is free and if we determine you have a legitimate case, we’ll take on the case without any upfront payment. We don’t get paid unless you get paid, and that proves our commitment to getting you the outcome you deserve! Our expert lawyers have extended their study in this subject matter in order to help defend your civil rights and hold the big drug companies accountable for their lack of due diligence. Don’t delay, contact Clear Injury today!