Effexor is an antidepressant that is also sold under the names Trevilor, Alventa and Argofan. It is a popular medication for the treatment of a number of mood disorders, including anxiety, major depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and others.
It is one of the most popular antidepressants on the market, but it has recently been linked to serious birth defects.
Danziger & De Llano Represent Effexor Patients
Effexor is marketed and manufactured by Wyeth, an American pharmaceutical giant. Wyeth has been aware of the risk of Effexor’s defects for many years, but has continued to sell and market this dangerous product.
Danziger & De Llano has built a reputation of fighting giant corporations like Wyeth who put profit over patient safety and health. If you’ve been harmed by Effexor, we will fight for your rights too.
What is Effexor?
Effexor is in a class of drugs known as Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, or SNRIs. These drugs are similar to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, except that their impact is on the uptake of norepinephrine, a hormone that controls stress.
It takes a few weeks for SNRIs to fully impact a patient, and the process of becoming acclimated to the drug has often involved negative side effects; many people still prefer this class of drugs because it doesn’t cause weight gain.
Effexor Birth Defect Risks
Effexor’s impact on the unborn children of women who have been prescribed the drug and who have taken it during their pregnancies is a cause of great concern. Babies born to Effexor-taking mothers have been diagnosed with the following serious conditions:
- Cleft Lip or Palate (facial defect). Requires treatment, usually surgery.
- Clubbed Feet (feet turned in at the ankle). Requires treatment, usually no surgery.
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (lung defect). Potentially fatal.
- Enlarged Heart (heart defect). Requires treatment and possible surgery.
- Developmental Delays.
- Macrocephaly. Child’s head is too large. Can lead to other serious conditions.
Effexor Can Cause Premature Births
Effexor has also been linked to premature birth and miscarriages. If you or someone you love took Effexor during pregnancy and your baby was born with any of these defects, contact us today.
Other Impacts of Effexor
In addition to being linked to serious birth defects, Effexor and other antidepressants have also been linked to a number of serious side effects. These can have a dramatic impact on the lives of those who take the drugs.
The two biggest causes for concern have been an increased risk of patients having thoughts of suicide, and a serious risk of heart attack and other complications for those who have pre-existing heart conditions who take the drug.
Filing an Effexor Lawsuit
If you or someone that you care about was taking Effexor and suffered any of the health conditions listed above, you may be eligible to file an Effexor lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer, Wyeth.
Wyeth and other drug manufacturers are required to test the medications that they sell before bringing them to market to make sure that they are safe. If a drug hasn’t been properly tested, or if it is released with the knowledge of risk, then the company is responsible for any damages that the medicine caused.
What an Effexor Lawsuit Can Accomplish
Filing an Effexor lawsuit against Wyeth can accomplish many things. By calling Danziger & De Llano and asking us to represent you in an Effexor, we will prepare a claim for all of the expenses that having taken Effexor was responsible for.
Any medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering caused as a result of having had a child with Effexor birth defects or heart complications following taking Effexor, Wyeth would have to compensate you for.
In addition to getting you the maximum compensation possible for the damages that you’ve suffered, filing an Effexor lawsuit also sends a strong message to big drug companies everywhere that they will not get away with taking the public’s health for granted and releasing unsafe drugs that can harm innocent people.