Medical Dangers

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

There are a lot of things that pregnant women are cautioned against: stress, alcohol, rich food, cigarettes, emotional upheavals, and certain drugs. This is because the medical dangers that would otherwise not affect an individual may have unfortunate results on the growing fetus.

This can be a problem for women who are on necessary medication for a confirmed medical condition. One of these conditions that pose a conundrum for both physicians and patients is that of depression and/or anxiety. Pregnancy often triggers wild emotional swings in women who are not normally depressed or anxious because of the hormonal changes endemic to childbearing. In women diagnosed with mental disorders are often prescribed with drugs such as Zoloft to control the symptoms and the discontinuation can often lead to disaster.

Zoloft side effects are common to most of the drugs in its class, namely the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but Zoloft (generic sertraline hydrochloride) was considered somewhat safer than other SSRIs with milder side effects. Manufacturer Pfizer had actively marketed it as safe for pregnant women if taken in small doses, even those with no prior mental disorders. Many physicians thus counseled women having difficulty coping with the emotional swings of pregnancy that controlling symptoms of depression and anxiety would be beneficial to the baby.

What Pfizer failed to warn these physicians was that prescribing Zoloft in the first trimester of the pregnancy significantly (2.8 times) increased the risk of birth defects, including but not limited to heart defects. It was a medical mistake that would affect hundreds of children born to mothers prescribed with Zoloft and multidistrict litigation.

If you or a family member has been affected by Zoloft side effects or other forms of medical mistake that could have been prevented if provided with the right information and resulting from the negligence of others, it may be advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer regarding your rights. These medical dangers often have long-lasting and costly consequences, and the parties responsible for inflicting them should be made to pay compensation to ease at least the financial burden.

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