Zoloft, or sertraline, belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Introduced to the market in 1991, Zoloft, manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, is most often prescribed for treating mood related disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
While the drug has proven to be popular for treatment of depression with roughly 30 million prescriptions written each year, there are many side effects caused by taking Zoloft. Children, teens, and adolescents under the age of 24 taking this drug have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This risk increases at the beginning of treatment and at dosage changes. Use of Zoloft can cause dizziness and drowsiness, thus impairing one’s abilities to operate machinery, and allergic reactions resulting in hives, rashes, and swelling of the face and tongue.
Additionally, scientific studies have revealed that if Zoloft is taken during pregnancy, it can cause several different types of developmental birth defects. On July 19, 2006, the FDA published a health advisory revealing a link between Zoloft and persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in newborns. This study indicated that the risk of PPHN was six times greater in babies whose mothers took Zoloft after the 20th week of their pregnancy. Also, infants born to women who take Zoloft in the later stages of pregnancy have an increased rate of heart and head defects and lung problems, ventricular septal defect (VSD), cleft lip and cleft palate, spinal bifida, atrial septal defect (ASD), pulmonary stenosis, infant omphalocele and neural-tube defects.
Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Zoloft’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit against Pfizer in addition to any patient or the relative of a patient who used Zoloft during pregnancy and has had the child suffer birth defects as a result of the drug use. The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation. You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).
Different states have different legislation regarding medical lawsuits, so it is essential to hire an experienced and effective lawyer who can file the case. We can help you match with the best attorneys who have the experience to handle even the most complex claims, and we are accepting new cases. If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Zoloft or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us at the number listed above or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.