Litigating for Victims of Various SSRI Side Effects

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular antidepressant medication. These drugs are designed to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety by improving the utilization of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which affects mood and social behavior. SSRIs are not without their drawbacks, however, including elevating the risk for serotonin syndrome, stroke, and suicidal ideation. Evidence also suggests negative outcomes for infants of pregnant women who took SSRIs. If you are suffering with SSRI side effects, the personal injury attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer in San Diego, CA, can help you achieve justice. 

Serotonin Syndrome

SSRI use has been linked to a serious condition known as serotonin syndrome, which is caused when unsafe levels of the chemical are present in the body. SSRI antidepressants can contribute to this disease since the drug prevents the body from eliminating its natural supply of serotonin.

The symptoms of serotonin syndrome can include:

  • Disorientation
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Coma

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there were 7,349 cases of serotonin syndrome in the U.S. in 2002, including 93 fatalities.

SSRI Linked to Suicide

Although SSRIs are intended to alleviate  depression, the medications have been linked to worsening it in some cases. Most alarmingly, there is an associated increase in suicidal thoughts and attempts. Many patients and their families have charged that SSRIs have caused suicidal ideation and aggressive behavior. 


Patients taking SSRI antidepressants may also be more likely to suffer recurrence of two types of strokes, intracranial or intracerebral hemorrhages. Intracranial hemorrhage is bleeding that occurs within the skull, while an intracerebral hemorrhage is bleeding with the brain tissue. 

Antidepresants and Pregnancy

Birth complications have also been linked to pregnant women taking antidepressants. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as neonatal withdrawal, is when infants have withdrawal syndrome due to the cessation of drug administration. Another complication that infants may endure is persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which is the failure of normal circulatory transition after birth.

Other birth defects associated with SSRI use include:

  • cleft lip and cleft palate
  • clubfoot
  • anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus)
  • heart defects
  • skull defects

Your SSRI SIde effect Lawyers

Individuals who believe they have been harmed by SSRIs can begin the process of seeking compensation by contacting an experienced attorney. Litigating against drug companies can be extremely challenging given the vast arsenal of resources they have at their disposal. A personal injury law firm with a proven record of successfully representing victims of defective drugs can assemble the evidence and effectively present it to win a complex drug case.

Drug companies have extensive legal teams and resources, making it imperative to choose a reputable defective drug attorney to go up against them in representing your case.

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If you or a loved one have suffered SSRI side effects, our lawyers can review your case for free. Learn your next legal steps by using our online form, or calling us at (619) 272-4028.