Zoloft Usage and Warnings
Zoloft, a pill commonly use to treat OCD, depression, panic disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder has been a subject of lawsuits and FDA warnings for the past years.
The Threats Associated with Taking Zoloft
Zoloft is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) which works by balancing chemicals in the brain. However, this pill has threatening side effects that are likely lead to serious conditions.
Consumption of any SSRIs such as Zoloft comes with a red flag as most of these drugs carry the black box warning or the most serious warning as declared by FDA. This boxed warning emphasizes that: Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of Zoloft or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need.
So How Serious are the Side Effects of Zoloft?
Zoloft links to serious side effects such as;
- Skin rashes
- Disfiguring body and facial tics (which could indicate brain damage)
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of coordination
Abrupt withdrawal from the drug comes along with dangerous side effects like memory impairment, abdominal cramps, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. Worse, Zoloft is associated with a number of serious birth defects to children born to mothers who used the drug. Side effects may include;
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Heart defect
- Cleft palate
- Limb defects
- Neural-tube defects, and
Zoloft is a drug first approved in 1991 and has earned its manufacturer countless millions of dollars since then. In the year 2011 alone, the product made $537 million dollars –- an indication that there are many consumers of this drug.
If you believe Zoloft has harmed you or your loved one, contact a lawyer today. In the matter that you’ll win the case, you will not only get enough money for better medical treatment but you’ll also give strength for others to come forward and finally step in to abolish this medical malpractice.