Have you suffered because of Zoloft?
Zoloft (sertraline HCI) is a medication used to treat Major Depressive
Disorder (MDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic attacks, Posttraumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, and Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder
(PMD). Although Zoloft is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), it has been associated with a variety of serious side effects.
In 2006, the FDA issued an alert indicating that the medication might
cause an increased risk of neonatal persistent pulmonary hypertension
and other potential life-threatening complications. If you or a loved
one has suffered because of Zoloft, contact an attorney from our firm
today - we can help you seek the financial compensation you need and deserve.
How Does Zoloft Work?
Simply put, Zoloft is an antidepressant. It is classified as a selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and was introduced into the pharmaceutical
market in the early 1990s. SSRIs work by increasing the extracellular
level of serotonin in the body (a neurotransmitter) by preventing reabsorption
in presynaptic cells. By inhibiting reuptake, the drug increases the body's
serotonin levels. Some experts question whether or not SSRIs are effective
against mild to moderate cases of depression. However, studies indicate
that they can be very effective when used to treat severe depression.
Zoloft and Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
In 2006, the FDA released an alert that Zoloft (and other drugs like it),
could be connected to a serious neonatal condition. In a study, pregnant
mothers who took SSRIs after the 20
th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have a child who suffered
from PPHN. No more than two infants out of every 1000 live births are
affected by PPHN. PPHN can lead to death. Because of this, the FDA recommends
that physicians use extreme caution when treating pregnant women with
SSRIs. Neonatal PPHN is a complicated condition that occurs when a newborn's
circulatory system fails to transition at birth. Pulmonary hypertension
(high blood pressure) in newborns can lead to a number of serious medical
problems, including right-to-left shunting of blood hypoxemia. Severe
cases can lead to infant death.
What are the side effects of Zoloft?
According to WebMD®, Zoloft users can experience a number of adverse
medical conditions. Common side effects include sexual problems and altered
interest in having sex. Other severe, but less frequent side effects include
extrapyramidal reactions. These reactions include the inability to initiate
muscle movement, motor restlessness, and muscular spasms in the neck or
jaw. Serious problems may also include:
- Bleeding in the Stomach
- Bleeding in the Intestines
- Hives, rash, itching
- Heat palpitations
- Mild mania
- Suicidal thoughts
- Bleeding under the skin
According to the Zoloft website, other side effects include blisters, joint
pain, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, individuals taking Zoloft
have experienced serious illness, hallucinations, distinct changes in
mental status, coordination problems, muscle spasms, and coma. Zoloft
users who experience any of these problems should contact their doctor
immediately because they may be associated with life-threatening complications.
What can Meyerkord & Meyerkord do for you?
Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has
suffered because of Zoloft, our team of experienced legal professionals
can help you understand your rights. Our topnotch legal representation
has been recognized by the Top Trial Lawyers in America®, the Million
Dollar Advocates Forum®, and the
Missouri Super Lawyers® listing. Additionally, we are rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and have
been named a Top Personal Injury Attorney by Avvo.
Contact us today to see what our personal injury lawyers can do for your case. With
Meyerkord & Meyerkord on your side, you can rest assured that your
future is in good hands.