Pristiq for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
UPDATED: October 31, 2014
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What is Pristiq and why is it prescribed?
Pristiq has been on the market since 2008. It is prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorders. Depression is a serious medical condition that can severely impact a person’s quality of life. The cause of depression is varied, which means certain prescribed treatments may or may not work, depending on the individual. Depression can be treated by prescribed medications, however patients using medications should be made fully aware of their side effects before taking them.
Treatment of depression with Pristiq and the effects on physical health
Experts currently believe depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. These chemicals relay messages from one brain cell to another. If this is disrupted, it is believed a person can suffer depression as a result. To treat this, anti-depressants like Pristiq can be taken. While it may help your emotional health, it can impact your physical health in several ways. This might include breathing difficulties, tremors or convulsions and vomiting, among others. The drug’s full effects on humans, especially pregnant women, are only just being discovered.
Even though Pristiq has been available since 2008, its full side effects on humans are only realized after it is released and prescribed to humans. Before this, the risk of the drug to humans is classified based on animal testing that is conducted before the drug is released to market. Clinical studies on humans can only be conducted once patients have begun using the drug. Therefore, it is only now that the full effects of Pristiq for the treatment of major depressive disorder in humans, and especially in pregnant women, is being realized.
Risk for pregnant women and their unborn child
If you are a pregnant woman seeking treatment for depression, be sure to question your doctor about the side effects and trials that have been done on the drug they prescribe you. If you have been prescribed Pristiq and are taking the drug, question your physician about the known effects and whether or not you should continue. With any medication taken while pregnant, ask your doctor whether the drug has been tested on pregnant women. If it hasn’t, then you may be putting your child at risk for birth defects, including autism and developmental disorders, and the doctor could be at risk for medical malpractice.
Consult an Attorney
If you, or your baby, have suffered adverse health consequences following the use of Pristiq, then you should consult with an experienced injury and product liability attorney right away regarding your rights and options for compensation.