We should all be safe when taking prescribed medications, but what happens when adverse reactions are caused by the side effects of antidepressants like Zoloft?

Zoloft, or sertraline, is part of a class of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are prescribed for clinical depression, anxiety disorders, and other personality/psychiatric disorders. They have been a first-line treatment option since the 1980s for mood disorders. Though they are beneficial for most people, select persons may experience unwanted reactions that do not disappear after the four-week adaptive period. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and diarrhea. Some people also have experienced insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, fatigue, decreased/increased appetite, or increased sleepiness. Rare and unwanted reactions include increased bleeding, teeth grinding, and low levels of sodium in the blood. The most serious reactions are seizures, bone fractures, and mood/behavioral issues.

What are adverse reactions?

When a person uses a medication as prescribed, but experiences harm or injury due to that medication, it is considered an adverse reaction. Side effects and adverse reactions are not interchangeable terms. Side effects are different in that they are more of an inconvenience and do not tend to interrupt daily life. Adverse reactions are potentially life threatening and can lead to hospitalizations, temporary and/or permanent disability, physical therapy, and even death. Pregnant women taking prescribed medications may unintentionally cause birth defects or harm to their unborn child that may lead to complications later in life.

What are some common health problems caused by side effects of Zoloft when taken as prescribed?

Each person’s reaction to a medication is as unique as his or her DNA
. This can lead to health issues that affect a person’s daily living activities. They may be experiencing problems that can include the unwanted reactions listed above in addition to muscle spasms, hair loss, nosebleeds, hypertension, heart palpitations, speech difficulties, thyroid problems, pancreatitis, suicidal thoughts, and more. Though the FDA requires extensive testing and research before they approve a drug’s use in the U.S., many unwanted and adverse reactions may not present themselves until years after a drug’s initial release into the market.

When should you seek legal advice after experiencing severe side effects of Zoloft or adverse reactions?

We, as consumers, depend on drug companies and the FDA to ensure a medication’s safety. If you or a loved one believes you have been seriously harmed by a prescribed medication and it has led to a loss of wages, a decreased quality of life, or death, then it may be time to contact a drug injury lawyer. This particular type of lawyer will be highly knowledgeable in this area and will know the statutes, laws, and filing requirements. They are there to help individuals through each part of the process—paperwork, the deposition, and settlement.