Zoloft Lawsuit Lawyer
Zoloft, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) or antidepressant, has been linked to severe birth defects when taken by a woman during the first three months of her pregnancy. Zoloft may increase the birth defect risks of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), as well as the risk of heart, lung, abdominal, cranial and/or facial defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Contact a Zoloft Lawyer for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Zoloft Lawsuit against Pfizer, the maker of the drug, if you or someone you love suffers from Zoloft birth defects.
Zoloft Recall Information
Zoloft remains on the market despite much evidence to suggest it raises the risks of serious birth defects when taken by women during the first trimester of pregnancy. It can also raise the risk of suicidal thoughts in adolescents and children who take the medication. If and when Zoloft is recalled, we will publish that information here post haste, so please stay tuned.
Zoloft Lawsuit Information
If you or a loved one has experienced adverse “side effects” from the use of Zoloft, you may qualify for compensation to help with the cost of your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. To contact a Zoloft lawyer for a free consultation and Zoloft lawsuit information, call Matthews and Associates toll free at 1-888-520-5202.
FDA Warnings for Zoloft
The FDA classifies Zoloft as a pregnancy category C drug, which means it is capable of harming a fetus developing in the womb. An article in the Canadian Medical Journal from May 2010 suggested that women taking Zoloft in the first weeks of pregnancy stand a greater chance of miscarriage. The Archive of General Psychiatry reported in July 2011 that women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy raise the risk of autism in the unborn child. The highest risk was found for those taking SSRI’s during the first trimester of pregnancy. Clinical Epidemiology published a study which reported Zoloft use triples the risk of heart malformations.
The FDA has warned consumers of the risk of purchasing Zoloft on the Internet. Due to the potential side effects of ingesting Zoloft, the FDA warns users not to take Zoloft without the supervision of a healthcare professional and pharmacist.
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is a medication used to treat depression and other anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and social anxiety disorder. Fibromyalgia and migraine headaches have also sometimes been treated with Zoloft.
- goes by the generic name Sertraline™
- contains the active ingredient Sertraline
- was originally approved in 1991
- is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc.
- is approved for Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, PTSD, PMDD, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder
Off –label Uses of Zoloft
Despite severe side effects related to the use of Zoloft, some users take the drug for —
- Premature ejaculation
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Migraine headache
- Diabetic neuropathy
Zoloft Side Effects
While Zoloft can be effective for its approved uses, side effects associated with the drug are often severe and potentially life threatening. They include:
- Birth defects
- Suicidal thoughts
- Manic Behavior
- Increased Perspiration
- See other Zoloft side effects here
Contact a Zoloft Lawyer
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the severe or potentially life-threatening side effects of Zoloft, contact a Zoloft lawyer now. Contact the experienced Zoloft lawyers of Matthews and Associates by calling toll free 1-888-520-5202 or by providing your information on our contact form.
FDA Alerts for Zoloft
The FDA in July 2006 issued two alerts regarding Zoloft. The first concerned a study showing that women who took SSRIs while pregnant stood a greater chance of giving birth to babies with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN). The second warned that Serotonin Syndrome, a life-threatening condition, can occur when SSRIs (such as Zoloft) are taken simultaneously with meds used for the treatment of migraines known as 5-hydrosytryptamine receptor agonists (triptans). The FDA has also worked with Pfizer, the makers of Zoloft to better assess the dangers of suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents taking Zoloft. A black box warning has been added to Zoloft to warn of suicidal thoughts that may occur with ingestion of the drug.
Contact a Zoloft Lawyer Today
For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact an experienced Zoloft lawyer at Matthews and Associates. The toll-free number is 1-888-520-5202 or fill out our contact form. We will answer any questions you may have regarding an Zoloft lawsuit.