Effexor Lawsuit

Effexor Lawsuit

Effexor Information, Side Effects, Birth Defects and Lawsuits.

Effexor General Information

Effexor is an antidepressant medication that is included in a category of drugs known as selective serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). This group of drugs affect the chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced and cause depression symptoms. Serotonin and norepinephrine are both neurotransmitters that are found throughout the central nervous system of humans. Serotonin affects a person’s mood, appetite, and sleep patterns. Too much or too little serotonin in a person’s brain can cause psychiatric symptoms and lead to mood disorders. Norepinephrine affects a person’s ability to concentrate and focus on tasks in front of them. Effexor, or venlafaxine, is a synthetic drug that inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. This causes both of these neurotransmitters to become balanced in the brain to reduce any symptoms of depression. The drug can also be used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder and panic disorder. It has been on the market since 1993 and has become a popular medication for adults who suffer from depression.


Effexor Side Effects

Any type of medication on the market today comes with side effects. Usually the common side effects of medications do disappear after a few weeks to a few months of taking the drug. However, most medications also have serious side effects that should be reported to a doctor immediately. Effexor’s list of serious side effects include:


  • Blurred or tunnel vision,
  • Easy bruising,
  • Cough and chest tightness,
  • Seizure,
  • Hallucinations,
  • Stiff muscles,
  • Uneven or fast heart rate.


Some of the more common, less serious side effects of Effexor include:

  • Nausea or diarrhea,
  • Changes in appetite,
  • Dry mouth,
  • Dizziness or headache,
  • Sleeping issues,
  • Increased sweating.


Effexor and Birth Defects

Effexor is a relatively safe drug that is able to treat depression, major depressive disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. It doesn’t usually cause many life threatening side effects, however it has been linked to birth defects in some pregnant women. Whenever women become pregnant they often have to decide with their doctor which medications they take are safe for the baby. Each medication a woman chooses to take with her doctor’s permission will reach the baby during its development. The FDA has claimed that Effexor is safe to take while pregnant and many women stay on the prescription drug during their pregnancy. However, recently the prescription drug has been linked to birth defects including atrial or ventricular septal defects, aortic stenosis, craniosynostosis, gastroschisis, club foot, and persistent pulmonary hypertension. All of these birth defects can lead to life long issues for the newborn.


Current Effexor Lawsuits

Families who have been affected by any type of birth defects as a result of taking Effexor have drawn up numerous lawsuits across the country. Legal claims have alleged that the drug company behind Effexor was negligent in its duties to protect the public. Specifically, lawsuits have been filed that claim that the drug maker did not adequately warn the public about the risk of birth defects after taking Effexor throughout a pregnancy. Families who file lawsuits may be rewarded monetary compensation in order to pay for damages and medical bills associated with their child’s birth defect. In addition, they may also receive punitive damages to discourage the drug companies from conducting themselves negligently in the future.


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