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Zoloft is an antidepressant in a family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which physicians prescribe for the treatment of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress and for the relief of premenstrual symptoms. While not labeled for such use, physicians sometimes prescribe Zoloft for “off label” uses including headaches and sexual dysfunction. Zoloft side effects can be serious and potentially fatal. People who took Zoloft and experienced these, and those who lost a loved one resulting from Zoloft, may be eligible for compensation for their injury or loss. Contact our New York Zoloft attorneys today to discuss your case.
People who take Zoloft should seek medical attention immediately if they develop Zoloft side effects such as uncontrollable shaking of part of the body, muscle stiffness, blurred vision, seizures, fever, sweating, fast or irregular heartbeat, abnormal bleeding or bruising, thoughts of suicide or hallucinating because these may be signs of serious Zoloft side effects.
After reports of suicides in adolescents and young adults taking SSRIs, in 2007 he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required Zoloft and other SSRIs carry a black box warning on the label of suicide risk. The FDA requires that all people taking this medication receive a Medication Guide warning of suicide Zoloft side effects.
Pregnant women taking SSRIs have increased risks of babies with Zoloft birth defects or conditions requiring increased medical treatment and longer stay in the hospital. Birth defects associated with Zoloft and other SSRIs include anencephaly (a neural tube defect resulting in facial abnormalities, heart defects or absence of the skull or brain) and craniosynostosis, the early fusing of the skull bones. Another Zoloft birth defect called omphalocele may also occur, causing the infant’s abdominal organs to protrude out of the abdominal wall.
Babies born to mothers taking Zoloft may also have a serious and life-threatening lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in which the high pressure in their lung blood vessels prevents them from getting enough oxygen into their bloodstream.
Babies exposed to Zoloft in the womb may also suffer these other Zoloft side effects: respiratory distress, cyanosis, apnea, seizures, temperature instability, feeding difficulty, vomiting, hypoglycemia, hypotonia, hypertonia, hyperreflexia, tremor, jitteriness, irritability and constant crying.
Only a lawyer experienced in Zoloft side effects lawsuits can determine if you have a valid case. The merits or your particular case will affect the amount of your potential award. Our firm will fight to recover for the highest award possible for you. The New York law firm of Proner & Proner represents people nationwide what have suffered injury from this drug. Fill out our contact form today for a free legal consultation with our lawyers to learn your legal rights.
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