Zoloft is a popular antidepressant that promises to relieve sadness, anxiety and depressed mood. But in some cases, debilitating ” have precipitated the very feelings the drug promises to alleviate. Among the most disturbing side effects are ” that can turn the normally joyous experience of childbirth into a traumatic event. Many plaintiffs have filed a Zoloft lawsuit against drugmaker Pfizer for the pain and suffering Zoloft has caused.
Zoloft (the commercial name for sertraline) is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is approved to treat depression as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder.
Zoloft birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN)
One of several Zoloft ” is persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN), a rare but serious condition in which problems with the ” system prevent a newborn baby from breathing properly outside the womb. Due to a lack of adequate oxygen, newborns with PPHN may experience ” failure, kidney failure, brain hemorrhage, organ damage and possibly death.
Zoloft birth defects draw attention of medical community, FDA
A New England Journal of Medicine study investigating Zoloft side effects found that mothers taking antidepressant drugs like Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times as likely to give birth to a baby with PPHN. The FDA found those results вЂњvery concerningвЂќ and issued a public health advisory about the link between Zoloft and PPHN.
Other Zoloft birth defects have been associated with the heart, brain and spinal cord, abdomen and anus. Zoloft has also been linked to facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate, and limb deformities such as clubfoot. Among the more severe Zoloft birth defects is the abdominal defect known as omphalocele, in which an infantвЂ™s intestines, liver and other abdominal organs protrude out of the abdominal cavity in a sac, often sticking out of the belly button.
Zoloft side effects prompt patients to file a Zoloft lawsuit
In addition to Zoloft birth defects, the drug has been linked to Zoloft side effects including anxiety, dry mouth, decreased libido, insomnia, anxiety and suicidal thoughts or actions. In 2004, the FDA mandated that drug manufacturer Pfizer revise Zoloft labels to present prominent warnings about the link between Zoloft and suicidal ideation.
Though the FDA has not yet required Pfizer to include conspicuous warnings about PPHN or other Zoloft birth defects on its labels, many parents have taken action by filing a Zoloft lawsuit. These suits allege that Pfizer failed to accurately disclose Zoloft side effects and the potential for Zoloft birth defects, marketing the drugs as safe for expecting mothers and downplaying health risks in order to pad profits.