Zoloft liver injury may pose a risk to patients with a history of, or current, liver condition. Zoloft is a prescription medication that is used to treat the unfavorable symptoms of depression, social anxiety, post traumatic stress syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
Zoloft is one drug in a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which act on serotonin levels in the brain. Other SSRI prescription drugs include Prozac, Serzone, and Paxil. Zoloft is heavily metabolized by the liver, which is the cause of increased Zoloft liver risks.
Zoloft liver effects have not been studied in patients who have moderate to severe hepatic impairment, though Zoloft liver effects have been revealed in studies of patients with mild liver impairment. Zoloft has been proven to increase injurious liver side effects in patients with liver problems.
Patients who have a history of liver conditions or a family history of these conditions should speak with their medical provider prior to commencing Zoloft treatment. Patients and health care providers should carefully weigh the potential benefits of Zoloft use and the possible Zoloft risks before determining if this drug is safe for use.
Pfizer, Zoloft's maker, suggests that doctors exercise special caution when prescribing Zoloft to patients with a history of liver complications. Lower doses or less frequent doses of Zoloft may be necessary to reduce Zoloft liver risks. In some cases, Zoloft liver risks are too great even when dose and frequency of administration are adjusted for.
Zoloft liver injury symptoms can include: yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (known as jaundice), dark urine, the loss of appetite that can last for a few days or longer, lower abdominal pain, and nausea. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms while taking Zoloft, it is possible that you are suffering from a Zoloft liver injury and it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Patients who are taking Zoloft and have- or are at risk for- liver problems should undergo routine medical examinations to measure Zoloft liver effects. Any signs or symptoms of Zoloft liver injury in any Zoloft user should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as Zoloft liver symptoms manifest.
If you or a loved one has suffered a Zoloft liver injury, you may wish to speak with a qualified and experienced legal professional. An attorney can analyze your case to determine your rights and options in a Zoloft liver injury case. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your Zoloft liver injury-related losses through a personal injury lawsuit.
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