Lexapro and Zoloft are both popular prescriptions for depression and anxiety. However, they have come under attack recently because of some dangerous side effects.
Both Zoloft and Lexapro are SSRIs, which means they are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They were developed by Forest Labs, which marketed them aggressively without giving enough attention to the side effects. There have also been instances of marketing for treatments for which the drugs have not been approved by the FDA.
In some cases, it became evident that Forest Labs was actually paying doctors to prescribe their products. This, along with aggressive marketing, created a bubble of acceptance for the drugs. This meant that thousands of people took the drugs early on, increasing circulation of the drug more than it would have otherwise. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice stated that Forest Labs had actively marketed Lexapro and Zoloft for the treatment of conditions for which it had not been approved. They had to pay over $300 million in fines for their advertising dishonesty.
One of the most drastic side effects that was under represented by marketing for Lexapro and Zoloft was the danger of birth defects for women who got pregnant while taking these drugs. Horrible side effects and birth defects inflicted on newborns are:
- Spina bifida
- PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn)
- Heart defects
- Defects of the skull
- Cleft palette
- Cleft lip
- Defects of the limbs
Many women experience debilitating depression or anxiety during their pregnancy. But, many of them, who were prescribed Lexapro or Zoloft, were not apprised of the severe birth defects that could occur if they took either of these drugs. They went on to deliver full term babies with serious birth defects. There are many lawsuits on the books because of birth defects linked to Lexapro and Zoloft.
People who have had children with birth defects due to Zoloft or Lexapro are entitled to monetary compensation. If your child was born with a birth defect because of these drugs, you need to contact a lawsuit attorney for Lexapro or Zoloft. You have missed work in order to take care of your child, and you have been out thousands of dollars in medical care and therapy for your child, all because of the dishonesty of the laboratory that developed these drugs. An attorney like David Grebel, who knows about the problems with these drugs, is well prepared to fight for you in the courts. He has represented people before, who have had to face life with the problems caused by these drugs.
With a good settlement, you can afford to hire the right medical treatment and medical care for your child, if he or she was damaged by the drug. You can also make up your lost wages so that you can get back on your feet financially and take care of your family the way you want to.