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Depression is so common that it has become the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. To counter the effects of depression, several anti-depression drugs have been introduced and widely prescribed. One commonly used antidepressant is called Serzone (nefazodone).
Unfortunately, cases of life threatening liver failure have been reported in some patients treated with Serzone. Warnings about serious, adverse liver problems now have been added to the drug’s label.
The Canadian government first issued warnings about the increased patient risk for liver failure in Serzone-treated patients, and U.S. psychiatrists quickly followed in expressing their own concerns. Shortly after, the FDA required the maker of Serzone to include a black box warning about the liver problems that were associated with the drug. A black box warning is the most serious warning a defective drug can receive before it is recalled.
Liver failure is a potentially fatal condition demanding immediate medical attention. The first indicators of liver failure may seem much like those of other conditions, so you should be aware of the initial and more serious signs. Liver failure initially presents itself with nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue and diarrhea. More serious symptoms are:
If you are taking Serzone and notice any of the following symptoms, you should contact your physician immediately. A complete list of potential symptoms can be found on the warning label of your prescription; some common symptoms include:
If you’ve reconsidered taking Serzone after learning about its possible links to liver failure and death, discuss that decision with your prescribing doctor because as with all anti-depressant medications, withdrawal symptoms of anxiety and insomnia may occur.
If you have suffered an injury from taking Serzone, the defective drug lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have been helping injured victims of defective drugs for more than three decades, and we have the skills and experience needed to hold negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions.
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