Luvox Birth Defect Lawyer

Luvox Birth Defect Lawyers

What is Luvox?

Luvox (Fluvoxamine) is an antidepressant manufactured by Solvay Pharmaceuticals.  It has been approved by the FDA to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety.

Luvox is in the class of drugs known as SSRI, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitor.  It works by increasing the activity of the chemical in the brain known as serotonin which acts to stabilize ones mood.

The drug was approved for the US in 1994 and has treated millions of patients worldwide.  Fluvoxamine may raise the risk of suicidal behavior, especially in children and young adults, which caused the drug to come under extreme public scrutiny and led to a multitude of Luvox lawsuits.  In fact, it was determined that one of the teenage shooters involved in the Columbine Massacre in 1999 had been taking the drug as an antidepressant.

Luvox-Side Effects

Luvox is known for several side effects including insomnia, impotence, hallucination and mania.  In addition, there are several extremely dangerous side effects each consumer must know prior to the use of this product.

The FDA and independent scientist have determined a link between antidepressants such as Luvox and an increase in suicidal behavior.  This is particularly true in use by anyone under the age of 25.  A recent study out of Columbia University determined that taking an antidepressant will cause an extra 3 percent of these young adults and children to suffer an increase in suicidal thoughts.

Despite these apparent risks, pediatricians across the country are still prescribing Luvox and other antidepressants to kids.  These include doctors not fully trained in the care of the mentally ill.

Besides these behavior risks, Luvox has been linked to an increased risk of death in patients who suffer from coronary artery disease.

Birth Defects

The class of drugs known as SSRI is particularly dangerous when taken by pregnant women.  Each of these drugs has been tied to birth defects most commonly dealing with heart disease.

Luvox has been linked to the disorder known as Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN).  PPHN directly affects the breathing and lung functioning of a newborn baby causing the brain to go without oxygen for an extended period of time.  The effects can cause severe complications with the birth and can lead to long term damages.

Luvox Lawsuit Information

We understand the dangers of taking Luvox may cause an undertaking of burdensome medical bills and can lead to a large amount of lost wages and income. If you or a loved one has experienced these adverse side effects from the use of Luvox, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your harms and losses.   Let our specialized legal team analyze your particular case and find the best solution for you.  Call us today at 1-800-MED-LAWS for a free case evaluation and more information on your potential Luvox lawsuit.