Zoloft is an anti-depressant manufactured by Pfizer. Zoloft is a popular medication used worldwide (in the United Kingdom it’s known as Lustral). In 1992, Pfizer received FDA approval to market Zoloft to treat clinical depression and the FDA later approved it to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder. In 1999, Zoloft became the first drug approved by the FDA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Zoloft is also approved by the FDA to treat Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Unfortunately, Zoloft has been linked to severe side effects.

How does Zoloft Work?

Zoloft belongs to a class of medications known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). SSRIs increase serotonin levels (brain neurotransmitters) in the brain. Scientists believe that as serotonin levels change, they alter a person’s mood. A clinically depressed person possesses a low serotonin level. Zoloft injects serotonin into the brain and controls the symptoms of depression.

Zoloft Side Effects and Teenagers

The FDA approved Zoloft to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in teenagers. Zoloft is not approved to treat teenage depression because of its dangerous side effects.

Zoloft Side Effects and Pregnancy

Studies show that Zoloft use during pregnancy may cause the baby to suffer serious side effects from Zoloft withdrawal symptoms when born. The side effects usually last a few days following birth. Typical withdrawal side effects include:

  • Increased agitation
  • Constant crying
  • Poor feeding behavior
  • Insomnia

Zoloft Side Effects

Zoloft has been linked to dangerous side effects, including:

  • Suicide: Zoloft use is linked to suicidal side effects. Children that use Zoloft are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared to children that use a placebo. The FDA ordered Pfizer to add a black box warning to Zoloft’s label informing users of this side effect.
  • Withdrawals: Zoloft has a risk of dependency. Users may suffer strong Zoloft withdrawal side effects when the dosage is reduced or stopped.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN): Studies found that Zoloft use by pregnant women in the 3rd trimester increases the risk that the child will develop the dangerous side effect of PPHN. PPHN is a rare lung disease that constricts the blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs and can lead to heart failure and death.
  • Premature Births: Premature births are serious side effects of Zoloft use by pregnant women.

Injured by Zoloft Side Effects?

Have you or a loved one been injured by Zoloft side effects?  To assess your legal rights contact our experienced Zoloft attorneys today.

Published November 17, 2011 by