Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, are anti-depressants which work by boosting serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin metabolizes stress hormones in our bodies, and a low level of serotonin is one of several symptoms of clinical depression. SSRIs have been prescribed to treat depression, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Examples of commonly prescribed SSRIs include:

  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Wellbutrin (bupropion)
  • Celexa (citalopram)

Recent scientific studies show that women who take SSRIs are at a much greater risk to give birth to children with serious congenital heart defects. A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart which is present at birth, and can disrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart, lungs, and body.

In addition to the increased risk of birth defects, SSRIs have been linked to serious side effects, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Diminished libido
  • Appetite/weight fluctuations
  • Increased feelings of depression and/or anxiety
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle ache/weakness
  • Nightmares
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Apathy
  • Mania

If you or a loved one were prescribed SSRIs, and then gave birth to a child with congenital heart defects, or suffered directly from the side effects of SSRIs, please contact the Law Firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. You can contact the law firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC at (618)628-3800 or (217)239-7800. We have offices in both central Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area and we can assist you in protecting your rights against the makers of these dangerous drugs.