When Zoloft Hurts Rather Than Helps

Depression and anxiety are difficult problems, but treating them with Zoloft or similar medications may make things worse rather than better.

At Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, our attorneys are well informed about how anti-depressants can cause severe side effects and serious harm. If you believe such meds injured you or someone in your family, we encourage you to contact us for a no-cost consultation.

Call 423-933-2738 to discuss your specific situation in a free consultation. Based in Chattanooga, we serve clients throughout Tennessee.

What Is Zoloft?

Zoloft is the marketing name for a drug called sertaline. It is part of a broader class of drugs known as selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI), used to major depression in adults, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and social anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder in both adults and children.

The huge drugmaker Pfizer has generated billions of dollars in sales from Zoloft since introducing the drug nearly three decades ago. Other drug companies are now selling generic equivalents.

What Are The Health Risks?

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zoloft for sale in 1991, thousands of people have reported concerns about dangerous side effects and serious injuries. These reports have included:

  • Birth defects — Giving Zoloft to pregnant women may cause congenital heart defects, abdominal wall defects, cleft lip and/or cleft palate, autism and other problems for their children. Drug companies acknowledge this is a concern but contend they have given sufficient warnings of adverse reactions.
  • Agitation and suicidal behavior — Giving antidepressants to children and young adults may make them agitated. They may become violent toward others, experience an increase in suicidal thoughts and possibly engage in self-harm.
  • Withdrawal symptoms — When someone stops taking antidepressants, it can lead to flu-like symptoms, irritability, insomnia and other difficult conditions.

How To Move Forward

Our lawyers will help you get the answers needed to move forward. Call our office or complete the brief online form to arrange a no-cost, confidential conversation.