Is Zoloft Dangerous?
Zoloft is an antidepressant commonly prescribed to treat patients with conditions such as depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. This drug is a class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which help regulate mood by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain.
Common Side Effects from Zoloft Use
When taken as prescribed, Zoloft can improve a person’s mood, sleep, and interest in daily life. However, Zoloft can also cause side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Increased anxiety
- Diminished sexual drive
More Serious Side Effects from Zoloft Use
Some individuals experience more serious side effects. In some cases, people who take Zoloft with another medication can experience a condition called serotonin syndrome, which is a buildup of serotonin in the brain, causing a high fever, increased heart rate, seizures, and confusion. It is important, therefore, that a person who is prescribed Zoloft let their doctor know of all other medications they are taking, whether prescribed or over-the-counter.
In 2004, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning stating that Zoloft and other antidepressants may cause individuals to have increased thoughts of suicides. A black box warning is one of the strictest warnings placed on a drug and is issued when evidence shows that a drug poses serious health hazards. Suicidal thoughts can occur when the drug is first taken and when the dose is changed. Individuals who take Zoloft should be monitored for changes in mood or behavior.
Studies have also linked Zoloft to birth defects when taken by pregnant women. In 2006, the FDA issued a warning that the use of antidepressants could potentially increase the risk of babies being born with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The FDA has since updated this warning, as conflicting results have been found by different studies. The agency, however, still recommends women be monitored and adverse symptoms be reported.
Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Works Toward Getting You Justice and Compensation
Individuals who take Zoloft can experience mild to serious side effects. Pfizer, the company that makes Zoloft, has been facing numerous lawsuits because of the harm the drug has caused. If you or a loved one has taken Zoloft and suffered harm as a result, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to use of the drug.
Failure to provide adequate information about the dangers and side effects of prescription drugs can be considered negligent behavior, and pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for damages caused. At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., our Houston pharmaceutical litigation lawyers are not afraid to go up against big pharmaceutical companies to get justice for you.
Contact us online or call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 if you have been harmed after using a prescription drug.