SSRI Suicide Lawsuits
Iti is estimated that up to 10 percent of all Americans are on some kind of SSRI antidepressant. An SSSRI antidepressant is a third generation medication used in the treatment of depression. This types of medication works by ensuring levels of a certain chemical called serotonin are high between brain synapses. Serotonin is closely tied to mood, and a deficiency in this neurochemical can cause depression, negative thoughts and suicidal ideation.
Antidepressants: Dark Secrets
While antidepressants have been largely helpful over the last few decades for people born with a propensity for depression, they’re not without controversy. Prozac, the blockbuster depression medication was officially launched in the US in 1992. It went on to dominate the market until the turn of the century when the company that makes it, Eli Lilly, let its patent to the drug expire. However, it is alleged that Eli Lilly, Pfizer and other drug companies were aware of the heightened suicide risk posed by antidepressants of this nature but chose to hide or misrepresent this kind of information in order to keep making money off these cash cow medications.
Antidepressant medications are prescribed to teenagers who go through an evaluation and are found to be depressed. How SSRI’s cause suicide attempts in teenagers is due to them having an activating effect. Children with hidden or undiagnosed bipolar disorder should never take this kind of medication alone, and a mood stabilizer should accompany it. Some schools of thought are of the opinion that teenagers with complicated depression should only be on mood stabilizers and antipsychotics, and not SSRI antidepressants.
When it comes to proving negligence in SSRI suicide lawsuits, one can take a number of angles:
- The prescribing doctor acted in a negligent manner prescribing an SSRI to a teenage patient knowing full well they also have bipolar disorder.
- The pharmaceutical company was aware of the activating and suicide-inducing nature of their medication and yet failed to inform the public in a timely manner.
- The pharmaceutical company did not carry out adequate research into the drugs available for the public for conditions such as depression.
- The pharmaceutical company did not let the public know about this risk by placing notices or black box warnings on the medications.
SSRI Injury Lawyer Help
If you lost a loved one due to antidepressant-related suicide, we empathize with you. That being said, it is important to take action so this doesn’t happen to any other family. Consider filing a drug injury lawsuit so you can spread the word in and around the community so more families will think twice about putting their loved ones on high risk medication as well as opt for medications with a lower risk profile. Please call us today on 877-561-3004 for your free and confidential consultation. Thanks for choosing us.