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I feel worse after taking Zoloft -- is it a defective drug?

When suffering from a mental illness, proper treatment can be crucial to the overall health of patients. Often, medication is used to help control or treat the symptoms from which a patient might be suffering. While some medication works successfully to help patients live productive lives, a defective drug can wreak havoc on a victim's mind.

Many people in California have likely heard of the prescription medication Zoloft. It has been indicated for treating a variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, this medication may not be as effective as it initially appeared. For some mental health sufferers, Zoloft can actually do much more harm than good.

Spurred by the publication of several troubling scientific papers, the FDA warned that Zoloft can actually increase suicidal thoughts for adults. The warning came in June 2005, after Zoloft had been already been on the market for 14 years. The FDA had to issue another warning a year later, this one concerning pregnant women. Women who took Zoloft to treat depression during pregnancy were far more likely to give birth to babies suffering from persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. Babies that were born with the fatal complication after their mothers took Zoloft during pregnancy had a very low survival rate.

Proper treatment and medication can be like a breath of fresh air for people suffering from a mental illness in California. When a defective drug makes a serious condition like depression worse instead of better, a person's quality of life can suffer. Some may be unable to work while others can require extensive treatment in mental health facilities. Victims may feel lost as to how they can handle the aftermath of further injury from their medication, but recourse is possible. If successfully navigated, a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective drug may provide invaluable compensation to allow victims to move forward with their lives.

Source: FindLaw, "Zoloft", Dec. 22, 2014

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