Effexor® Side Effects & Lawsuits
Because of the serious and lasting side effects of taking Effexor®, a commonly prescribed antidepressant distributed by global pharmaceutical compliance Pfizer, many patients and their lawyers are weighing their options to file lawsuits to seek compensation.
According to patient reports, Effexor® side effects range from the uncomfortable symptoms of changes in weight, headaches and irritability to the more life-threatening such as thoughts of suicide and serotonin syndrome. Though well-controlled studies have not been done, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed the drug in a category that warns of potential harm to pregnant women and their fetuses.
How Effexor®, the branded version of the oral anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication Venlafaxine Hydrochloride, works to relieve the symptoms of these conditions is virtually unknown. What is known is that the antidepressant affects the absorption and use of two chemicals in the brain. With such complex action comes, unsurprisingly, complex side effects, including miscarriage and birth injuries.
Patients who decide they no longer want to suffer from the Effexor® side effects are finding it almost impossible to cease use of the medication as the symptoms of withdrawal from Effexor® are often worse than taking the drug itself – and can continue far into the future. For how long, no one is sure.
Effexor® Lawsuit Attorneys
Attorneys who handle cases such as those to be brought against the pharmaceutical giant are watching closely to similar litigation involving other modern antidepressants to see how the courts will view the sale of drugs that have such deep impact and, perhaps, a lack of clinical research and inadequate warnings.
In the meantime, the Effexor® attorneys are collecting information from potential plaintiffs and their doctors about the side effects that they have suffered in taking the drug, as well as reviewing the completeness of antidepressant's warning labels.
Some of the birth defects that may allow for an Effexor® lawsuit include:
- Heart defects
- Lung defects
- Spinal defects
- Brain damage
- Developmental abnormalities
- Cleft lip
- Club foot
Contact an Effexor® Lawyer
If you have suffered from severe Effexor® side effects or had a child born with birth injuries after using Effexor®, you should contact an Effexor® attorney to learn about your rights to compensation.