If you have been harmed by your antidepressant, you may be asking, “What are the side effects of Zoloft?” A Pennsylvania defective drug attorney can help file a Zoloft lawsuit. For those suffering from mental illness, prescription medication may be the answer. However, when a prescription is a defective drug that causes injury or harm, legal remedies need to be sought.
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is prescription medication used to treat depression and other mental illnesses, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and general anxiety disorder. Zoloft was originally developed in 1999 and has become increasingly popular in the United States since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved it. The active ingredient in Zoloft is sertraline chloride, which is a type of SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). SSRIs are found in a variety of prescription drugs used to treat mental illnesses.
What Are the Side Effects of Zoloft?
Like all prescription drugs, taking Zoloft can mean a host of side effects and symptoms, some of which can be unpleasant and even life-threatening. An FDA medication guide lists some Zoloft side effects as increased suicidal thoughts or actions, particularly in children, teenagers and young adults; new or worsening depression; serotonin syndrome, which is characterized by agitation, hallucinations, nausea, sweating, fever and twitching; abnormal bleeding; serious allergic reaction; seizures or convulsions; manic episodes; changes in appetite or weight; and low sodium levels in the blood.
Zoloft side effects do not affect everyone — they vary on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, those who do experience side effects may do so in varying levels of severity.
Is Zoloft dangerous?
Zoloft can be dangerous to many of those who take it, and some people are at risk of committing suicide or having other adverse health effects as a result of side effects mentioned above. In addition, others who may be especially at risk are the unborn babies of mothers who are taking Zoloft.
Zoloft has been linked to a number of birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension, which can be fatal. Pregnant women who take Zoloft – or other SSRIs – have a greater risk of giving birth to a baby who’s born with a heart defect. Another serious birth defect that may affect the developing fetus of a woman who’s taking Zoloft is a condition known as anencephaly. SSRIs like Zoloft have also been linked to cleft palate and cleft lip in developing fetuses.
Finally, a study published in Prescrire International reveals that between 20 and 30 percent of newborns who are exposed to SSRIs during gestation have birth disorders such as agitation, abnormal muscle tone and suction, seizures, and hyponatremia.
Defective Drug Lawsuits in Pennsylvania
If a patient is harmed by taking Zoloft – or if a patient’s unborn baby is harmed – then the patient has the right to seek compensation through a civil action. In Pennsylvania, all claims for damages must be filed within two years’ time, as outlined by Pennsylvania statutes section 5524. Types of damages that may be available under the law include damages for pain, suffering, medical expenses, burial and funeral expenses, loss of earning capacity, and more.
Do I need a defective drug attorney to file a Zoloft lawsuit?
Zoloft is a dangerous and defective drug. If you or a loved one has taken Zoloft and suffered harm as a result, then you need to consult an attorney as soon as possible. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can help to file your claim for damages against the drug manufacturing company today. If you have questions about how to begin or are ready to start now, call our offices at 215-642-2335.