SSRI Lawsuits Question Safety of All SSRI Antidepressants
Another antidepressant lawsuit has been filed and joins an MDL that is taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with presiding Judge Cynthia M. Rufe. While the MDL was filed against the makers of Zoloft, it brings to question the dangers of other antidepressants that are in the same class.
Zoloft is an antidepressant that is in the same class as Paxil and Effexor. All of these drugs are the subject of lawsuits over their harmful side effects. The Zoloft lawsuit, like those filed against the makers of Paxil and Effexor in unrelated cases, accused the manufacturers of the pills of failing to properly warn of the birth defects that are linked to all antidepressant medications. While heart defects in the plaintiff's child is what caused the Zoloft lawsuit, other birth defects have been linked to all SSRIs. Some of those side effects linked to SSRIs include PPHN, oral clefts and heart, lung and brain defects.
New lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of various SSRI medications every day. In addition, numerous studies have shown that drugs like Paxil work no better than placebos at curing depression symptoms. Even exercise has been touted as a better depression treatment than Paxil or Effexor. With more studies highlighting the dangers and uselessness of these drugs, it is a wonder that patients take these drugs at all, or that doctors continue to prescribe them. However, antidepressant drug use is at an all-time high regardless of how dangerous the drugs have proven to be (and in spite of the evidence that the pills don’t work for many people). Hopefully these cases will result in the awards that are deserved by unsuspecting users.