Have you been injured as a result of antidepressants?
Depression is a very serious and troubling mental health concern in the United States. With a wide variety of adverse side effects that include heart disease and accelerated atherosclerosis, it is really no surprise that since the release of Prozac in 1987, these dangerous SSRI drugs are responsible for as many as 40,000 deaths annually. Since the mid 1990’s, it has been a widely known fact that antidepressants lead to suicidal tendencies and recent studies have also linked the class of drugs to a variety of other health concerns. If you haven’t already fallen victim to the harms and dangers of antidepressants, it’s probably best to seek out alternative or holistic remedies for depression. For those unfortunate enough to experience the harms of antidepressants, you should at least know that you could qualify for compensation.
What are antidepressants and how do they work?
Antidepressants are a class of drugs known as SSRIs. SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. The most popular drug in this class of drugs is fluoxetine, known and sold as Prozac. Other popular SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) and escitalopram (Lexapro).
These drugs prevent serotonin from moving back into the nerve endings, making higher levels of serotonin available to the brain, which countless studies have shown alleviate depression. There are also SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) which prevent the reuptake of two neurotransmitters, both serotonin and norepinephrine. The most popular SNRI antidepressants are known and prescribed as brand names Cymbalta and Effexor. There are other types of antidepressants, but these are the most widely known and prescribed drugs on the market.
Known Side Effects of SSRI and SNRI Antidepressants
This is a list of side effects related to antidepressant medications:
- Decreased sex drive
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain
Do you qualify for an antidepressants lawsuit?
The above list is the list that’s commonly announced by the pharmaceutical companies and pill-for-every-ill-doctors. However, it’s important to note there are other side effects which aren’t talked about nearly enough, the first of which is suicidality. The FDA has went as far as requiring a black box warning label [PDF] on all antidepressant medications to warn patients of the known link to suicide among teenagers, children and adults. The FDA has also issued warnings linking SSRIs to serotonin syndrome, an increased risk of certain birth defects including but not limited to PPH (persistent pulmonary hypertension) in newborn babies. These are the side effects that are most likely to lead to a successful antidepressants lawsuit, but no matter the case, it’s important you speak with our lawyers today.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to taking antidepressants that were prescribed to you by a medical doctor, you may qualify for compensation. Fill out the form on the right of this page or give us a call at (888) 471-8787. Don’t delay. We have a legal team experienced in antidepressant lawsuit cases. We don’t charge a penny unless your case is successful, so call Clear Injury to discuss your potential lawsuit now!