You may have heard about the Effexor Lawsuit because it has been in the news quite a bit recently.
What Is Effexor?
Effexor is a prescription medication used in the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD).
It is also prescribed for other conditions in what are considered “off-label” uses. It gained FDA approval in 1993 and is made by Wyeth, which is now part of Pfizer.
It is in a class of drugs called SNRI (Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) and works by interacting with neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to contribute to depression.
In October 2004, the FDA issued a public health advisory and a black box warning that informed consumers of an increased risk of suicidality in children and adolescents being treated with antidepressants. (Read this article about the links between antidepressants and suicide.)
Studies indicated that taking antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in about 1 out of 50 people 18 years of age or younger. The FDA has not approved Effexor for use in children, although Effexor is frequently prescribed for patients under the age of 18.
Then in 2005, the FDA announced the results of several scientific publications that suggested the possibility of an increased risk for suicidal behavior in adults being treated with antidepressant medications, including Effexor.
In 2006, the FDA issued an alert regarding a potentially life-threatening condition called Serotonin Syndrome that can occur when SNRI's and SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are combined with medications used to treat migraine headaches called Triptans (5-hydroxytryptamine receptor agonists).
Signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome include hallucinations, restlessness, anxiety, rapid pulse, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and coma.
Also in 2006, Canada issued a strongly worded warning that taking an SSRI or SNRI during pregnancy may pose potentially life-threatening risks to babies and developing fetuses.
For more information on this topic, read this article about the dangers of combining antidepressants and pregnancy.
If you or a loved one have experienced any complications related to taking Effexor, consult with your doctor and seek other opinions from medical professionals. Then confer with an experienced product liability attorney who is familiar with the Effexor suit in order to discuss your options.
You are well within your rights to seek legal restitution for any injuries caused due to unsafe medications. Search http://lawyers.findlaw.com to find an attorney in your area.