Pristiq Side Effects

Pristiq side effects like PPHN may lead to injury lawsuits being filed by patients. Consult a Pristiq attorney to discuss your compensation options.

Researchers believe the antidepressant Pristiq may be linked to severe Pristiq side effects among children exposed to the drug during pregnancy, including the development of a birth defect called PPHN. Wyeth Pharmaceutical's Pristiq has been available in the U.S. since 2008, and is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is considered to be a new generation antidepressant drug, and is the synthetic form of the antidepressant venlafaxine, brand name Effexor. Pristiq belongs to a class of antidepressant medications called SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which prevent the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Although SNRIs like Pristiq are newer than their popular counterparts, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), and have proven to be slightly more effective in treating depression, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of Pristiq and other SNRIs, especially in treating pregnant women. If you took Pristiq while pregnant and your child was born with a major side effect, contact a Pristiq attorney as soon as possible. Your child may be entitled to lifetime care, which you can obtain by filing a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of Pfizer, Inc.

Possible Pristiq Birth Defects

Studies show that the use of the antidepressant Pristiq in pregnancy may be associated with the development of the alleged Pristiq birth defect called PPHN among children. PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, is a life-threatening heart and lung defect in which a child's circulation continues to bypass the lungs after birth, depriving the rest of the body of the oxygen it needs to survive. Children born with PPHN typically exhibit symptoms like respiratory distress, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate and cyanosis (bluish tint to the skin). Although treatment options are available for babies with PPHN, many children with this birth defect will continue to supply an insufficient amount of oxygen to the rest of the body, even with treatment. This can lead to dangerous complications like brain hemorrhages, kidney failure, seizures, heart failure, multiple organ damage, and even death.

FDA Warnings for Pristiq Side Effects

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2006 in which researchers found a shocking six-fold increased risk of PPHN among children whose mothers took certain antidepressant drugs during the third trimester of pregnancy. According to researchers, up to twelve out of 1,000 children exposed in pregnancy developed PPHN, compared to the expected rate among the general population, which is one to two infants out of 1,000. In response to this study, the FDA issued a public health advisory in 2006, warning patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of PPHN among children exposed to the drug in utero.

Pristiq in Pregnancy

Pristiq has been classified by the FDA as a pregnancy category C medication, which means it has the potential to cause serious fetal harm when taken during pregnancy. If you are currently taking Pristiq and you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consult your physician immediately. It is never advised to suddenly stop using a prescription drug without medical consent, as this may cause further harm to you or your child. However, with your doctor's help, you may be able to find a safer alternative to Pristiq for treating your condition.

Pristiq Attorneys for Side Effects

The side effects potentially linked to the use of Pristiq in pregnancy are serious and can cause life-long complications for affected children. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect which you believe to be associated with the antidepressant Pristiq, contact a Pristiq lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer). You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug. Pharmaceutical companies like Wyeth (Pfizer) are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. By hiring a Pristiq attorney to represent your case, you can protect your rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for your injuries.

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