SSRI, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are antidepressants that work by altering the levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin. SSRIs are considered third-generation antidepressants prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and personality disorders. They have been shown to be more effective in severe cases of depression than in mild cases.
They work by increasing the levels of a brain chemical serotonin, which plays a key role in mood. The body naturally produces serotonin and keeps it at a certain level, but SSRIs can increase that level by blocking the re-absorption of serotonin.
SSRIs have a number of common side effects, including sexual side effects – a repressed libido, erectile dysfunction and difficult achieving orgasm, for men and women. Serious side effects apply to women who are pregnant: If taken during pregnancy, SSRIs are shown to cause one or more birth defects. SSRIs can also cause suicidal thoughts and actions, especially in teenagers.
Although each SSRI drug works slightly differently on each person because of its chemical makeup and the person’s overall health, the class of medications has many side effects in common. The patient must be willing to live with certain side effects during the time they are using the antidepressants.
Patients are likely to experience some or all of the following:
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Increased sweating
• Decreased sexual desire
• Difficulty reaching orgasm
• Erectile dysfunction
Many medical and legal professionals believe antidepressant manufacturers need to be held accountable for not fully informing patients about what could happen to them and their babies if they take these prescription medicines.
An important aspect of filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of SSRI is the fact that many of these medications were released without the companies informing the public about their potentially dangerous side effects. Although many such medications have since come under tighter control by the United States Food and Drug administration, some women may have taken the drug before such restrictions were in place.
SSRI victims deserve to be compensated for mounting medical bills, loss of wages, and the pain they have experienced as a result of taking the drugs. As with any other lawsuit involving gross negligence or misinformation, you can greatly increase your chances of getting a favorable verdict by hiring a law firm that has extensive experience litigating such cases.