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Prozac® Side Effects Resulting in Lawsuits
The antidepressant Prozac® is a powerful medication that can have serious side effects. Some reported Prozac® side effects include:
- Extreme mood swings between elation and depression
- Panic attacks, anxiety, agitation
- Aggressiveness or hostility
- Acting in dangerous ways
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Side Effects
Prozac® is in a class of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs are meant to affect the amount of serotonin in the brain, thereby stabilizing mood. However, SSRIs can produce some rare but dangerous side effects, including:
- Confusion or other mental changes
- Rapid heart rate
- Irregular heart beat
- Fever, sweating, shivering
- Overactive reflexes
While these latter reactions to SSRIs occur only rarely, when they do, they can be grounds for a lawsuit.
Prozac® Birth Defect Lawsuits
Birth defects are among the most serious side effects of Prozac® and other SSRIs. Prozac® is responsible for a six-fold increase in the rate of a birth defect called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The life-threatening condition occurs when the newborn's lungs fail to perform their normal job of oxygenating the blood.
In the womb, the fetus' blood receives oxygen from the mother's placenta, through the umbilical cord. When the baby is born, the lungs are then supposed to take over this function of oxygenating blood, which is then carried through the bloodstream to the body's organs and tissues. The oxygen in the blood is necessary to sustain the life of these body parts. And so when they are deprived of oxygen, they begin to shut down and die. Babies in this condition need intensive care. Between ten and twenty percent of them die.
Other birth defects that might be linked to Prozac® include:
- Heart defects known as atrial septal and ventricular septal defects
- Withdrawal symptoms from Prozac® in the newborn; these occur in about one third of babies born to mothers who took Prozac® later than the 24th week of pregnancy and can include tremors, convulsions, irritability and increased crying
- Premature birth, in particular in women who drank alcohol or smoked when they were pregnant
Talk To A Prozac® Lawyer Now
If your infant was born with a birth defect and you have a history of Prozac® use while pregnant, you might qualify to file a birth defect lawsuit. Schedule a consultation with a Prozac® lawyer to find out if you qualify today.
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