Zoloft is a prescription drug, produced by Pfizer, which was FDA-approved and released in 1992 to treat depression. Years later, researchers determined that it could also be applied to disorders such as OCD, PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), post traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder. Since its release in the U.S., Pfizer has generated over one-billion with Zoloft alone.
Since its inception in 1992, Zoloft has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. For instance, in 1996 Pfizer came under scrutiny and received a warning letter—available to the public in a very rare action) from the Federal Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (FDDMAC), a subdivision of the FDA. In it, the FDDMAC alleged that Pfizer had, for years, been promoting and selling Zoloft for uses not consistent with FDA regulations.
In 2004, several more lawsuits were brought against Pfizer. Many of them inferred that Pfizer failed to properly disclose (according to FDA/FDDMAC’s rules) the possible side-effects of Zoloft. Since then, countless instances in which customers of Zoloft have suffered side-effects remain unchallenged with and unacknowledged by Pfizer.
The harmful, psychological side-effects of Zoloft include: chronic dependency on Zoloft, suicidal behavior, violent or homicidal behavior, and hostility towards one’s self and/or others. Furthermore, around 5% of those on Zoloft have exhibited signs of Akathisia, which is a mental disorder that can produce bouts of extreme moodiness and frustration. Some have even claimed that, with the influence of Akathisia or other related symptoms, Zoloft produces suicidal and violent behaviors.
Lawsuits can additionally be brought against Pfizer for other side-effects that Zoloft has been linked to--including those that are psychological, behavioral, or physical. Jaundice, skin rashes, problems with sex-drive or performance, muscle spasms, and general motor, cognitive and sensory problems are all symptoms that, while on Zoloft, may warrant a lawsuit. Additional symptoms may also include abrupt changes in weight, gastrointestinal anomalies, increased spells of anxiety, somnolence, “cotton mouth,” and frequent nightmares.
Individuals can also experience dangerous injuries if they mix particular drugs with Zoloft. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO’s) are depression drugs used to treat depression, and while they tend to be a last-ditch treatment effort by psychiatrists to mitigate the effects of depression, they can be fatal when taken up-to two weeks prior to beginning a Zoloft regimen or while on one. Pimozide, a drug commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia or Tourette’s syndrome, and other drugs that target the central nervous system can also be dangerous when taken with Zoloft.
Individuals on Zoloft must be actively monitored for several symptoms—including elevated anxiety or panic attacks, manic attacks, acts of aggression or hostility and all of the other previously mentioned symptoms.
If you believe that you or a family member has been a victim of Zoloft’s potential side-effects, consider contacting a lawyer. He or she will review your case and help you to hold Pfizer responsible and get the compensation that you deserve.