Zoloft is a medication manufactured by Pfizer. It is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for treating clinical depression. It is prescribed to children and adults.
Zoloft belongs to a class of medications known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). SSRIs increase serotonin levels in the brain. People who are clinically depressed have low serotonin levels. Scientists believe that changing the serotonin level can change a person’s mood. Zoloft introduces serotonin into the brain.
Studies have shown that when Zoloft is taken by pregnant women, their babies run a risk of birth defects.
If you or someone you know has used Zoloft and suffered adverse side effects, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, at 314-932-3232 today to speak to an experienced injury attorney about your case. You might have a legal right to compensation.
Black Box Warnings of Zoloft Risks
The first health and safety concerns reported by the FDA concerned the increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality. FDA has asked manufacturers to add a black box warning to the labeling of Zoloft to describe this risk and to emphasize the need for appropriate monitoring and close observation, particularly for younger patients taking the medication.
More recently, the FDA has issued warnings about the dangers of taking Zoloft while pregnant, especially during the later stages. The agency has classified Zoloft as a pregnancy Category C drug, which means it has the potential to harm a baby’s development in the womb.
In a July 2006 alert, the FDA cited a case-control study that showed infants born to mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy. PPHN is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
Contact a Zoloft Litigation Lawyer Today
It is important to act promptly if you believe you have a legal claim as a result of Zoloft use. Call 314-932-3232 today to speak with an experienced injury lawyer at The Driscoll Firm, LLC, about the facts of your case and the possibility of financial compensation. The Driscoll Firm, LLC, has national experience investigating and prosecuting claims of clients injured by side effects of Zoloft.
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