According to an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on October 17, 2012, researchers at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, recently combined the findings from 16 previous studies involving more than 500,000 people who were and were not taking antidepressants in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs, of which Zoloft is a member. Upon further analysis of the data, the researchers found that “overall, antidepressant users were about 40 to 50 percent more likely to suffer bleeding in and around the brain.” Based on these figures, “there would be one brain hemorrhage for every 10,000 people using an SSRI over one year,” the Tribune article states.
Risk Is Slightly Increased, but Warning Should Be Heeded
The study’s authors warned that “people who are already at an increased risk of a brain hemorrhage might need to be careful. That includes people who have had a brain bleed in the past, or are on medications that reduce blood clotting such as warfarin (Coumadin), or a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix).” Moreover, the website, MedPageToday.com specified in its article on the study that “a separate analysis showed that concomitant use of an SSRI and an anticoagulant significantly increased the risk of brain hemorrhage compared with anticoagulant use alone.”
The article further reports that doctors and researchers not involved in the study recommend that patients suffering from depression who also take anti-coagulants, should consult with their physicians about whether or not an SSRI like Zoloft is appropriate for them to take. Patients at risk for a brain hemorrhage or stroke might be better off taking a non-SSRI medication to treat their depression.
The Rottenstein Law Group Advocates for Those Injured by Zoloft
As Zoloft and other medications in the SSRI class continue to be assessed by researchers, evidence is mounting that the drug, while beneficial to many as a treatment for depression, can be dangerous to others, especially pregnant women, and those who might also be taking medications such as anti-coagulants.
If you were prescribed Zoloft while pregnant, took the medication as directed, and gave birth to a child with birth defects you believe resulted from taking an antidepressant, you have rights as a consumer. The Rottenstein Law Group’s lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for individuals in consumer product injury and mass tort cases. They can help obtain compensation for pain and suffering and unforeseen medical costs. If you feel you have cause to sue Pfizer, Inc., our attorneys can help. For a free consultation with an RLG attorney please fill out this brief contact form or call 1-877-471-8940.