Zoloft belongs to one of the most popular classes of prescriptions drugs: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Used to treat depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, SSRIs (antidepressants) are used by eight to 10 percent of the population in the U.S. But SSRIs, and Zoloft specifically, can be very dangerous. For this reason, hundreds of people have filed lawsuits against Zoloft’s maker, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, on the basis that risks of the drug were not properly disclosed.
Possible Side Effects of Zoloft
The active ingredient in Zoloft is sertraline chloride. While the drug has been shown to help some patients manage mental health, the prescription has also been associated with serious adverse effects. These include:
- Birth defects, including spina bifida, cleft lip/palate, skull defects, heart problems, and more;
- Suicidal thoughts or actions;
- Serotonin syndrome;
- Seizures and convulsions;
- Manic episodes; and
- Abnormal bleeding.
Many lawsuits that are currently pending focus on the fact that Pfizer marketed Zoloft to pregnant women despite the risk of birth defects, and did not disclose this risk. In fact, even the FDA’s medication guide for Zoloft does not warn of the risk of birth defects.
Do I Have the Right to File a Lawsuit?
If you or your child has been harmed as a direct result of taking Zoloft, you may have a cause of action against Pfizer. During a lawsuit, you will have to prove that Pfizer violated its duty of care to the consumer by either failing to conduct proper testing of Zoloft, failing to disclose known risks, or/and continuing to market Zoloft despite known health hazards associated with taking the drug.
At Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, our experienced defective pharmaceutical team can help you to determine whether or not your case against Pfizer is strong enough to recover damages in a civil action. To meet with us to discuss your injuries and methods of recovering compensation, call us today.