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SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — are the most commonly prescribed compounds for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders. According to the Mayo Clinic, by blocking the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin, they help brain cells send and receive chemical messages, boosting one’s mood. These are the most common SSRIs:
SSRIs were widely touted as being harmless. Then a series of studies and high profile cases linked their use with increased thoughts of violence and suicidal thoughts among teens and young adults. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning in 2004, cautioning against prescribing SSRIs to children and adolescents. An FDA advisory committee recommended extending the warning to young adults up to the age of 25. In 2007, a black box warning label was added to the drugs.
A Massachusetts class action lawsuit against Celexa’s manufacturer, Forest Pharmaceuticals, maintains that the company used false and misleading marketing, and paid doctors to prescribe the drug to children and adolescents. A Missouri class action lawsuit consisting of 42 different cases claims that Celexa caused suicide or suicidal thoughts.
Prozac’s manufacturer, Pfizer, has also been the object of lawsuits. The parents of Ed Harris, one of the Columbine High School shooters, claim their son became obsessed with violent and suicidal thoughts within weeks of starting to take Zoloft.
A study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that pregnant women taking SSRIs in their third trimester delivered babies who were six times more likely than babies not exposed to SSRIs to have persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) or develop primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). Other studies found that taking SSRIs at all stages of pregnancy increased the risks of heart defects, limb deformities, diabetes, and autism. As of April 2013, over 300 SSRI birth defect lawsuits have joined forces. On May 2, 2013 a federal judge declared there are now enough lawsuits to move forward with Zoloft birth defect litigation.
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