Effexor SSRI Antidepressant | Lawsuit, Lawyer | Side Effects: Birth Defects (Skeletal, Neural Tube, Heart, and Limb Birth Defects, Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate), Suicidal Behavior, and Serotonin Syndrome | Other SSRI Antidepressants: Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Zyban
Gilman Law LLP, a leading national law firm with over 30 years of experience protecting the rights of victims, is now accepting claims for lawsuits involving side effects such as birth defects, suicidal behavior, and Serotonin Syndrome associated with the use of the antidepressant, Effexor.
If you or someone you know has taken the SSRi Effexor during pregnancy and the birth child was born with a birth defect, skeletal defect, neural tube defect, heart defect, limb birth defects, cleft lip or cleft palate, or you have developed suicidal behavior, or serotonin syndrome, you may be a victim of a SSRi side effect.
Effexor Side Effects and Symptoms
Birth Defects: Use of antidepressants like Effexor during pregnancy has been associated with heart, skeletal, neural tube, and limb birth defects, as well as club foot, cleft lip and cleft palate.
Suicidal thoughts and behavior: Studies show that a small number of people who take antidepressants like Effexor may experience depression getting worse or suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Serotonin Syndrome: Serotonin Syndrome has been reported in patients taking even mild to low dosages of Effexor. Symptoms may include changes in mental and perceptual states; instability of heart rate; high blood pressure; circulatory problems; uncoordinated muscular movements; gastrointestinal discomfort.
FDA Warnings for Effexor and Birth Defects
Studies show a positive correlation between birth defects in children born to mothers who were prescribed Effexor while pregnant. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) lists Effexor and other SSRI drugs in Pregnancy Category C – which means that animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus.
FDA Warnings for Effexor and Suicide
A “Black Box” warning – the FDA’s most serious safety notice – was added to the Effexor label in 2004 regarding an association with suicidal behavior in children, though the drug is not approved for use in children. Two years later, the FDA recommended that the warning also apply to people from age 18 to 25 who take the drug.
Effexor and Serotonin Syndrome
According to the FDA, use of Effexor with other drugs known as 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor agonists (triptans) can result in a life threatening condition called Serotonin Syndrome. Serotonin Syndrome causes serious changes in how the brain, muscles, and digestive system work.
What is Effexor?
Effexor, known generically as venlafaxine hydrochloride, is a member of the Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) class of antidepressants. Like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), SNRIs prevent receptors in the human brain from absorbing serotonin that has already been released. SNRIs also prevent re-absorption of norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline), which regulates stress levels.
Legal Help for Victims of SSRI Side Effects
If you or someone you know suffered from birth defects, suicidal behavior or Serotonin Syndrome that could be linked to Effexor, Gilman Law is here to help. For a free evaluation of your case, please fill out the online form on the left or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.