Why Are People Filing Zoloft Lawsuits?

In the United States today, it is estimated that 19 million of the people suffer from depression. It can be a huge struggle to face and overcome depression, and aside from therapy there are also medications that can help alleviate the symptoms and make it more manageable. Zoloft is one of the leading medications being prescribed for people with depression, OCD, and other mood disorders.

Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant. It is a generic drug, and its dosage can depend on the condition that it is prescribed to treat. Despite being one of the most successful antidepressant drugs on the market today, there is still some backlash on the use of Zoloft and there is presently an increase in the number of Zoloft lawsuits that are being filed. The reason behind these lawsuits is the side effects that come with taking the medication.

The use of Zoloft, especially during the first trimester of the pregnancy, can have adverse effects on the health and wellbeing of the baby. It can leave the child with club foot, anal atresia, congenital heart defects and many others. Even abrupt withdrawal from the medication can cause the patient to suffer from fatigue, insomnia, symptoms similar to flu, memory impairment, abdominal cramps and many others. Among the more serious side effects of taking Zoloft and the basis for many Zoloft lawsuits are:

  • Chest pains, stomach pains, decreased bladder control
  • Panic attacks, agitation (either new or aggravating), irregular heartbeats
  • Decreased concentration and coordination, exaggerated reflexes, restlessness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising, bloody or black stools, decreased bladder control
  • Skin irritations such as red, swollen, peeling or blistering skin
  • Worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, hallucination
  • Vision changes, memory loss, fainting

These are just some of the many side effects from taking Zoloft. There are still many that can be severe or detrimental to the health of the patient. These side effects can leave the patient with more complications, therefore pursuing a lawsuit is one way of getting compensation for all the trouble the medication has brought into their life. Although these side effects are present, doctors still prescribe Zoloft to many of their patients because the positive effects far outweighs the negative ones.

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