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What Are the Dangers of Antidepressants?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is reported that one in every ten American adults experience symptoms that are associated with depression. It is therefore no surprise that antidepressants have seen a spike in sales – in fact, a government study reports that they are the most prescribed drug throughout the entire nation. Of the 2.4 billion drugs that were prescribed in 2005, over 115 million were antidepressants.

Are these drugs, however, as safe as they are marketed to be? Unfortunately, not all – in fact, these drugs are required by the FDA to carry what is known as the "black box" warning. This is the most severe of all warnings available and is meant to alert consumers to the adverse side effects that are commonly associated with these types of drugs. These side effects can include:

  • Anxiety;
  • Sleeping disorders;
  • Sexual dysfunction;
  • Extreme mood swings;
  • Muscle spasms / tremors;
  • Loss of balance; and
  • Worsened depression

The biggest problem, however, is the danger that these drugs pose to women who take it during pregnancy. While pregnancy is meant to be a happy, celebratory time of a woman's life, it is unfortunately not without its struggles. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is estimated that anywhere from 15 to 23% of women will experience depression during their pregnancy. This leads to many turning towards these well-marketed antidepressants for the relief that they deserve.

Unfortunately, one of the largest side effects associated with antidepressants is the increased risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects. Women who took antidepressants classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft, during the first trimester suffered an increased risk of birth injuries that ranged from persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) to cardiovascular issues and even abdominal defects.

Even drugs that are not classified as SSRIs, such as Wellbutrin which is considered to be a NDRI, have been associated with painful pregnancy complications and birth defects. Studies have shown that women who take Wellbutrin have an increased risk of a child suffering from a major heart birth defect.

If you have recently taken an antidepressant - either during pregnancy or not – you deserve to have an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer on your side that you can trust to help you protect your legal rights. At the Onder Law Firm, we know how difficult these cases can be; you can be confident knowing that you will have a firm on your side that is well-versed in pharmaceutical litigation. Contact a St. Louis dangerous drug attorney from our firm today if you have been hurt by this type of dangerous drug and are seeking to fight for fair financial compensation.

To learn more, please visit our website exclusively dedicated to antidepressant lawsuits.

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