Pristiq LawsuitJanuary 21, 2013
Pristiq Birth Defects During Pregnancy
Pristiq is a prescription antidepressant medication manufactured by a subsidiary of American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wyeth. Currently Pristiq is being observed closely because experts have claimed that the antidepressant drug, if taken during pregnancy, may cause significant Pristiq birth defects among infants born to those mothers. If you or a loved one has given birth to a child suffering from severe birth defects and you or your loved one was taking Pristiq during all or part of pregnancy, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Pristiq lawsuit. It is alleged that the makers of Pristiq did not adequately warn patients about the serious Pristiq birth defect risks if taken during pregnancy.
What is Pristiq?
Pristiq is in a class of antidepressant drugs known as Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI). Manufactured by Wyeth, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Pristiq has been on the market since 2008. Pristiq is prescribed to treat severe depressive disorders as well as anxiety and panic disorder. SNRIs similarly to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are formulated to modify the actions of serotonin within the brain. Serotonin is a naturally produced chemical in the brain that manages both positive and negative emotions.
In the past few decades, antidepressant drugs such as Pristiq have become increasingly popular which has caused agencies like the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to more closely scrutinize any side effects and unexpected risks. As an example of this scrutiny, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement saying that many antidepressant medications including Pristiq would now be required to carry a ‘black box’ warning related to increased suicide risks among children and adolescents. There is currently no FDA Pristiq recall.
Pristiq and Birth Defects
We currently have a team dedicated to helping the victims of people suffering from Pristiq birth defects. Call us today to speak with a Pristiq lawyer to discuss your options going forward in a potential Pristiq lawsuit. If you or a loved one has given birth to a child suffering from severe and debilitating birth injuries that you feel may have been caused by taking Pristiq during pregnancy, you may have grounds for a Pristiq lawsuit after talking to a Pristiq attorney. There have been many reported Pristiq birth defects, but some of them may include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Neural Tube Defects
- Spina Bifida
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Abdominal & Stomach Wall defects (Gastroschisis & Omphalocele)
- Cranial & Skull Defects (Craniosynostosis)
- Heart Valve and Heart Wall Defects
Pristiq Side Effects
There are many potential Pristiq birth defects other than those mentioned previously in the article, and there are also some severe side effects that have been reported by the actual users of Pristiq. Two of the most prevalent and severe Pristiq side effects may include an increased likelihood of suicidal thoughts and actions along with heart related complications among patients with preexisting heart conditions.
Years of research about antidepressants have proven that there is an increased likelihood of suicidal thoughts or actions among those taking certain antidepressant medications like Pristiq. While this may seem obvious that people taking antidepressants like Pristiq may suffer from suicidal thoughts, but these studies show that depressed individuals taking antidepressants such as Pristiq are actually more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts than similarly depressed individuals either taking no antidepressants or taking alternative medications. These risks have been especially pronounced among children and young teens taking drugs like Pristiq.
If you or a loved one has given birth to a child suffering from severe birth defects and was taking antidepressant Pristiq while pregnant, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Pristiq lawsuit. Our Pristiq attorneys are currently standing by, ready to review your potential Pristiq lawsuit. Our expert lawyers have decades of experience in the products liability and pharmaceutical liability industries.
Please call today to have a legal expert review your potential Pristiq lawsuit. You should know that you are not alone in this situation. Many people across the nation have taken Pristiq during pregnancy, not knowing the potential risks that are associated with the use of the dangerous antidepressant while pregnant. Pristiq birth defects have been linked with numerous deaths across the country, and a Pristiq lawsuit claims that the makers of Pristiq did not adequately warn patients of the risks of taking the antidepressant while pregnant.
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