Effexor Lawsuit: Help From an Effexor Lawyer
Frequently, physicians prescribe anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications to patients who have experienced depression or anxiety.
It would be reasonable for these patients to expect relief from their depression and anxiety through the proper use of their prescribed medications.
However, the sad truth is that many of these patients face the possibility of having a child with birth defects or increased suicidal thoughts or actions.
At Danziger & De Llano, we know how traumatic it can be to suffer the side effects of these medications and stand ready to fight for the legal rights of you or your loved ones. Call us at 1-800-706-5589 for a Free consultation.
Effexor is a brand-name medication also known by its scientific name of venlafaxine hydrochloride. This anti-depressant medication is one of a group of medications commonly referred to as SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), used to treat a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
The most common form of this medication is an oral table or capsule, available in either regular or extended release. There are different strengths of these oral medication forms, which may be adjusted according to physician recommendations and considering factors such as severity of the patient’s symptoms, medical history, age, and gender.
The strengths available for prescription include 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100mg.
Effexor Side Effects
Any time a patient takes medication, it is expected that they will experience some form of side effects. Although patient response to medications may vary, there are several common side effects that may be experienced by patients using Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride):
drowsiness, blurred vision, impotence, mild nausea, constipation, increased sweating, weakness, dry mouth, nervousness, and changes in weight or appetite.
Aside from common side effects, some patients may experience symptoms that signify an allergic reaction to Effexor. These symptoms may include skin rash or hives; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; or difficulty breathing.
Additional serious side effects, which may require immediate medical attention include: easy bruising, muscle cramps, hallucinations, tremors, agitation, confusion, loss of coordination, and high fever.
Effexor Causes Birth Defects
Another serious result of taking Effexor for depression, anxiety, or panic attacks may be experienced by women who take the drug while they are pregnant. Studies have shown a direct link between the use of Effexor during pregnancy and severe birth defects in children born after taking the drug.
With 20 years of experience in medication birth defect cases, Danziger & De Llano stands ready to represent you in a legal claim against the manufacturers for this devastating circumstance.
Some of the birth defects found in children born to mothers who took Effexor during pregnancy are severe and may require lifelong medical care, including invasive medical procedures, surgery, in-home nurse treatment, and expensive medical equipment.
Some of the serious birth defects experienced by these children may include aortic stenosis, craniosynostosis, heart murmurs, club foot, spina bifida, and pulmonary stenosis.
Effexor Leads to Suicidal Thoughts or Actions
Despite the fact that physicians frequently prescribe Effexor to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, or panic disorders, in many cases, the medication may do just the opposite.
In 2004, the FDA announced that Effexor and its extended release counterpart, Effexor XR, were shown to cause a ‘worsening’ in the occurrence of depression, and suicidal thoughts and actions for patients who were taking the drug.
Additionally, the study showed that these thoughts and actions may actually begin upon a patient’s use of the drug.
The professional legal team at Danziger & De Llano knows how vital it is to prove these issues, to ensure you are heard. Call us at 1-800-706-5589 for a Free consultation for you and your loved ones to determine if filing an Effexor lawsuit is the right option for you.
The FDA has also indicated that other medications falling into the same category as Effexor – the SNRI category – have led to patients experiencing an increase in these thoughts and actions.
Although this class of medications had previously been considered effective in the treatment of major depressive disorders since FDA approval, research is beginning to show a disturbing trend in that these medications are working counter to their own indicated purpose.
Parents who have experienced the devastating diagnosis of their child’s birth defect, which may lead to the need for expensive, lifelong medical care and treatment may feel like there is no solution.
However, with an experienced legal team on your side, you can be sure that your case will be handled with the utmost care and professionalism.
For successful litigation of these types of claims, it is crucial to choose a team of professionals who are competent in this technically complicated area of law, as well as being committed to doing the research required to file your case.
Many times, drug manufacturers have teams of attorneys whose purpose is to keep those who have been harmed from successfully obtaining a judgment for monetary awards.
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Contact our offices today at 1-800-706-5589 for a Free consultation and assessment of your legal rights.