We represent patients and victims injured and killed by the use of antidepressants. Antidepressants, such as SSRI, often have hidden side effects, such as suicide, cardiovascular disease and birth defects. Time limits apply, which may prevent you from being reimbursed for your injury or the death of a loved one. We encourage you to contact a bad drug lawyer immediately if you, or a loved one, suffered side effects caused by antidepressants. There are no fees unless we successfully obtain reimbursement for your loss.
The Food and Drug Administration published a Health Advisory that cautioned the public about the risks linked with antidepressants. Drugs that were included on this list were:
The FDA’s list of complaints, based on the observation of facts, revealed that antidepressant behavior from agitation and aggression to impulsivity and mania are the same to that of methamphetamine and cocaine – drugs known to cause violence and aggression. The National Institute of Mental Health warns users of the serious health risk from antidepressants.
What are Antidepressants?
Antidepressants are a class of drugs prescribed to patients to reduce symptoms of depressive disorders. Antidepressants attempt to correct the chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain. Chemical imbalances may be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
The chemical synapse is located between two nerve cells. Messages go from the one nerve cell to the other nerve cell through the gap (chemical synapse). During the transmission of the messages, serotonin and neurotransmitters are released in the chemical synapse. The recipient cell accepts the neurotransmitters and relays the signal.
Antidepressants inhibit the reabsorption of neurotransmitters and serotonin by the nerve cells that produce it, which causes the serotonin to stay longer in the small gap between the cells and may repeatedly fuel the receptors on the recipient cell. Research found that the antidepressant’s activity may be misdirected.
Several conditions are treated with antidepressants, including (but not limited to) agitation, manic-depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, bedwetting and neuropathic pain. The five types of depression usually treated with antidepressants are physiological, stress-related, reactive, neurotic and existential.
Antidepressants: The Real Risks
If antidepressants are used along with other drugs, the serotonin activity can increase and side effects such as fever, high blood pressure and delirium can occur. Some antidepressants appear to increase the risk of bleeding and are also associated with a significant rate of birth defects, miscarriages, persistent pulmonary hypertension of a recently born, newborn behavioral syndrome and long term behavioral problems.
In 2004, a meta-analysis indicated that certain antidepressants, Fluoxetine and Citalopram, reach significant levels in breast milk. In 1990, suicidal thoughts in patients taking antidepressants, both adults and children, were reported.
The Food and Drug Administration warned that antidepressants definitely cause suicide. The FDA also gave an additional warning that behavior such as panic attacks, insomnia, agitation, severe restlessness, mania, irritability and anxiety are associated with antidepressants.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, SSRI, is also a class of antidepressant drug. The drug is mostly used in the treatment of depression and for depersonalization disorders, such as eating disorders, posttraumatic disorder, chronic pain, social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Side effects that patients can experience include weight gain, dizziness, insomnia and headaches.
In 2003, there were ninety-three reported cases of withdrawal syndrome in newborn babies. A Lancet study found that doctors should avoid prescribing antidepressants to pregnant women with psychiatric disorders.
It was found that some mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy gave birth to babies who developed PPHN (pulmonary hypertension) shortly after birth. Pulmonary hypertension is a serious and life-threatening lung condition. The condition occurs as a result of high pressure in the lung blood vessels. The result from this condition is a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. The increased risk of PPHN included the SSRI class of drugs, such as Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Citalopram, Paroxetine and Escitalopram. Maternal SSRI use may also be linked with autism.
Studies found that some antidepressants used in women during pregnancy doubled a baby’s risk of being born with omphalocele defects and septal defects. Omphalocele defect occurs when the intestines, liver or other organs remain outside of the abdomen in a sac as a result of a defect in the muscles of the abdominal wall. Septal defect is a defect in the wall dividing the left and right ventricles of the heart.
Irving Kirsch, a Harvard Medical School psychologist, studied the effects of placebo and antidepressants for thirty years. Mr. Kirsch recently presented a documented conclusion stating that antidepressants do not work. Irving Kirsch’s conclusion was featured on national CBS 60 Minutes television report.
Mr. Kirsch based his conclusion on evidence obtained from trial results from drug companies that were not presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Irving discovered that most antidepressants showed no proof of efficacy and that some of the results were not submitted to the FDA. Irving Kirsch went public with his findings.
Legal Rights Associated with Antidepressant Injuries
Despite warnings of potentially serious side effects, dangerous antidepressants are still prescribed across the U.S.A. Celexa and Zoloft topped the list of prescribed SSRI antidepressants.
In the last few years, there is an increase in lawsuits filed against some of the drug manufacturers. Lawsuits are filed by mothers who took certain antidepressants while being pregnant and gave birth to babies with related antidepressant birth defects.
We represent patients and victims involved in antidepressant lawsuits. If you, or a loved one, are a victim of antidepressant injuries, we can help provide information and aggressively pursue your legal rights. Please contact us immediately, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to discuss your case by calling 314-409-7060, or Toll-Free 855-55-2233.