SSRIs may be helpful for many people, but they have the ability to cause serious side effects both during and after SSRI use.

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What are SSRIs?What are SSRIs Used For? Common Side Effects and Risks of SSRIsNavigating Your SSRI Claim

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What are SSRIs?

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of drugs commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions. While SSRIs have helped many patients manage their symptoms effectively, they have also been linked to serious side effects, including birth defects when taken during pregnancy and other severe health issues. Patients and families have initiated legal actions against SSRI manufacturers, alleging failure to warn about these risks.

Consulting with an SSRI lawyer can provide you with the necessary information to make informed decisions about your legal options if you have experience severe side effects from SSRIs.

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What are SSRIs used for?

SSRIs are often used to treat people with:

  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Social Phobias

In order to correct these problems, SSRIs inhibit the body’s ability to reabsorb its natural levels of serotonin. This causes more serotonin to stay within the body, correcting the serotonin imbalance present in people with psychological disorders.

SSRIs may be helpful for many people, but they have the ability to cause serious side effects both during and after SSRI use.

Common side effects and risks leading to SSRI Lawsuits

When considering an SSRI lawsuit, it’s important to be aware of the side effects and risks that have prompted legal action, including:

  • Birth defects, including heart defects, lung conditions, and neural tube defects when taken during pregnancy
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, particularly in children and young adults
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms upon stopping medication

Several Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) drugs have been the subject of lawsuits due to their adverse effects and the manufacturers’ alleged failure to adequately warn of these risks.

Notable SSRI allegations

Notable among these medications are Paxil (paroxetine), which has been linked to birth defects when taken during pregnancy, and Zoloft (sertraline), associated with similar allegations. Lexapro (escitalopram) and Prozac (fluoxetine) have also faced legal scrutiny, particularly concerning claims of increasing suicidal thoughts and actions in younger users.

Effexor (venlafaxine), though technically classified as a Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI), has been involved in lawsuits for reasons similar to those of SSRIs, including severe withdrawal symptoms and potential birth defects.

These lawsuits have highlighted the need for greater transparency and caution in the prescription of these widely used medications, aiming to ensure that patients and healthcare providers are fully informed of the potential risks.

Navigating your ssri Claim with experienced legal representation

Filing a lawsuit for complications related to SSRIs requires the expertise of lawyers who specialize in pharmaceutical litigation and understand the nuances of arguing cases involving mental health medications.

At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, our team of experienced lawyers can evaluate your case, guide you through legal complexities, and work to secure the compensation you deserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions about SSRIs.

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about SSRIs.

How can I tell if my health issues are related to SSRI use?

Health complications related to SSRI use can vary widely depending on the specific medication and your health history. Common indicators might include worsening depression, suicidal thoughts, or physical symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and sleep disturbances that began or intensified after starting the medication. If you experienced complications during pregnancy or your child has birth defects associated with SSRIs, consulting with health professionals to explore the potential link is crucial.

Am I eligible to file a lawsuit if I’ve been harmed by an SSRI?

Eligibility to file a lawsuit depends on various factors, including the specific SSRI used, the nature of your injuries, and whether there was a failure to warn of potential risks or negligence on the part of the healthcare provider or manufacturer. If you or your child suffered significant side effects or birth defects linked to SSRI use, and these risks were not adequately communicated, you may have grounds for a claim. A knowledgeable attorney can help determine your eligibility.

What type of compensation can I expect from an SSRI lawsuit?

Compensation in SSRI lawsuits can cover a wide range of damages, including medical expenses for ongoing healthcare needs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and potentially punitive damages in cases of manufacturer negligence. In cases involving birth defects, compensation may also include the cost of long-term care for affected children. The specifics will vary based on individual cases and the extent of the injuries or damages incurred.

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