Get Justice For SSRI Antidepressants Injuries

SSRI antidepressants, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, include drugs like Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Effexor, Prozac, Pristiq and Zoloft. All of these drugs are designed to help combat clinical depression in adults and for years have been among the most commonly prescribed drugs – and the most profitable – in the world. But in recent years they have also been among the most controversial due in large part to the mounting evidence that drug manufacturers actually concealed studies concerning their negative effects on different groups of the population. As a result of this, and because of the medical issues that they caused, these drugs are probably the target of the most well-known and one of the largest class action lawsuit movements in history.

While the makers of the SSRI antidepressants did indeed report their various findings to the FDA, a number of issues were left out of those reports. Possible dangerous symptoms and side effects of SSRIs include:

  • Birth Defects

  • Suicidal Thoughts and Actions, Particularly in Teens

  • Pulmonary Hypertension

The key issue here is that evidence has been uncovered that the makers of some SSRI antidepressants actually withheld information about the risks their drugs presented. In the case of teen use, the drugs were presented as safe for all ages to use. Later studies revealed that use of SSRI antidepressants in teenagers raised the risk of suicide by alarming levels and the drugs have been linked to numerous suicides and suicide attempts.

In the case of birth defects, something similar occurred. The drugs were marketed as being safe for pregnant mothers to use throughout their pregnancies. However, evidence has been found that the drug makers knew about the increased risk of birth defects in children, but they simply refused to disclose those risks. Birth defects caused by the use of SSRIs include, but aren't limited to:

  • Skull Defects
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Anal Atresia
  • Premature Birth
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn
  • Cleft Lip
  • Small or Deformed Limbs
  • Ventral Septal Defect
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Clubfoot
  • Other Heart D

SSRI antidepressants are prescribed to patients suffering from a wide range of different mental conditions. These include depression, anxiety, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, eating disorders, nervous disorders, and even insomnia. They work by inhibiting compounds in the brain that reduce serotonin levels. In other words, they actually trigger an increase in the level of serotonin in the brain. This can help to overcome many of the more common mental and emotional problems facing people today, and the drugs have been marketed as safe for almost anyone. Unfortunately, it turns out that this wasn't quite true and that they carry a number of hidden dangers.

 

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