We live in a world that is full of drugs created to treat all types of symptoms and complaints. Many of these drugs are taken by our elderly population, and statistics actually show that elderly people take approximately three times the amount of medications that younger people do. One of the types of drugs that has become popular among people of all ages is antidepressants.
Antidepressants are some of the most popular drugs sold on the United States market today. These drugs have actually been around for many years, but the truth about their potential for dangerous side effects has only recently received the attention it deserves. As the years go on, there are more and more of these drugs on the market. The number of reports of serious side effects suffered from taking antidepressant drugs has increased at the same time, and as a result, the number of lawsuits filed against drug manufacturers has increased as well.
Depending on the specific antidepressant that you are taking, there may be other serious possible side effects. Our team of New York City dangerous drug attorneys is here to ensure that you and your loved ones are fairly compensated for any injuries you may have suffered. Below, we have listed some of the most common antidepressants who are in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (“SSRI’s”).
In order to successfully seek compensation for injuries or illnesses you have suffered because of an antidepressant, you must be able to prove three separate legal elements. First, you must prove that you were actually injured. This tends to be the easiest part of a dangerous drug claim. From there, you must prove that the antidepressant you took caused unreasonably dangerous side effects, and that either the manufacturer, pharmacy, doctor, or other healthcare professional did not provide adequate warnings regarding the use of that antidepressant. Thirdly, you must prove that there is a causative link between the antidepressant and your injuries.
Many patients do not realize that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued numerous warnings linking the use of SSRIs to an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior among certain people, a life-threatening condition called “serotonin syndrome”, and an increased risk of giving birth to an infant with a serious condition. When a woman takes certain antidepressants during pregnancy, her baby is at risk of developing persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This is a serious condition that may affect the baby for the rest of his or her life, and should be taken very seriously as a result. In fact, the FDA issued a public health advisory in November of 2006 which indicated that the use of Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, or other SSRI antidepressants by pregnant women could lead to a six times greater risk of that birth defect.
Other birth defects suffered by newborns as a result of mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy include dangerous congenital heart defects, ventricular septal defects, transposition of the great arteries, holes in the heart wall, congenital heart defects, cranial and skull defects, and neural tube defects.
If you or your infant have suffered adverse side effects of any kind because you were taking an antidepressant, it is imperative that you enlist the help of a skilled attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. The medical and legal issues surrounding dangerous drug cases are often highly complex, and it is not wise to take legal action without the evidence or legal resources that an attorney can bring to the table. Your lawyer can help you determine if there is already an existing class action for the antidepressant that caused you harm, and can also assist you in the process of filing your own claim.
These are not the type of cases that you want to pursue on your own power, because pharmaceutical companies have powerful insurance companies and attorneys on their side. Instead of trying to pursue legal action on your own power, you can rest assured and focus on recovering from your injuries when you have Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., on your side. Our team never gives up on a case simply because it is complicated or challenging, and we know how to hold these large medical companies responsible when they are causing unnecessary harm and injury.