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zoloftWhat is Zoloft?  How can it cause injury?

Zoloft is a widely-used treatment method for depression.  Zoloft has also been approved to treat social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The chemical name for Zoloft is Sertraline – an antidepressant within the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  Sertraline is the most prescribed antidepressant in the United States, with more than 29 million prescriptions in 2007.

Taken prenatally, Zoloft can cause serious birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), spina bifida, atrial or ventricular septal heart defects, skull deformities, clubfoot, and intestinal and bone malformations.

Zoloft History

The Food & Drug Administration approved Zoloft in 1991, based on the recommendation of the Psychopharmacological Drugs Advisory Committee.  In 2002, the drug was limited in use to adults age 18 and over.  That same year, it was approved for used in treating children age 6 or older with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In 2005, the FDA added a black box warning concerning pediatric suicidal behavior to all antidepressants; the warning was extended to young adults in 2005.  In addition to Zoloft, Sertraline was offered generically under the trade name Lustral in 2006.

Help if You've Used Zoloft

At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, our products liability attorneys understand that your child's birth defect may be due to Zoloft.  Our in-depth knowledge and experience make us uniquely well-qualified to handle even the most complex Zoloft cases.  If you suspect your child has a Zoloft injury such as a heart defect, spina bifida, or persistent pulmonary hypertension, contact us today to talk to a legal professional.


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