Antidepressants (SSRIs)

The California product liability attorneys at Cutter Law P.C. are investigating claims involving SSRIs (antidepressants). If you or a loved one has experienced dangerous side effects from taking SSRIs, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular form of antidepressant. SSRIs are intended to better use the neurotransmitter serotonin, as well as the metabolic processing of stress hormones.

The most commonly prescribed SSRIs are Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac. Sometimes SSRIs are prescribed for off-label problems such as social anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders and irritable bowel syndrome.

SSRIs And Pregnancy

When taken by pregnant women, SSRIs can affect newborns. Studies have linked SSRIs to a wide range of birth defects, including heart/cardiac defects, infant omphalocele (abdominal wall defects), craniosynostosis (abnormally shaped skull) and lung defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

One study found that mothers who took SSRIs after their 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have babies suffering from PPHN, often requiring intensive medical care.

SSRIs And The Link To Suicide

Even though SSRIs are designed to help ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, they have been linked to worsening signs of depression, including a 6 percent increase in suicidal thoughts and attempts. The use of SSRIs has also been linked to serotonin syndrome, a serious condition caused when unsafe levels of the chemical are present in the body. Side effects of taking SSRIs include:
  • Suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Violence in children and teenagers
  • Increased withdrawal symptoms

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