The antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart birth defects and suicide.
Wellbutrin’s manufacturer has not warned users adequately about these serious side effects, putting them at risk for severe short-term or life-long damages or even death. For this reason, people who have taken Wellbutrin and developed serious injuries as a result have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible through a Wellbutrin lawsuit. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our experienced class action lawyers to find out if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.
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Women taking Wellbutrin should be aware that a 2010 study linked the drug to a particular heart irregularity in newborns known as left outflow defect. This defect, which affects the flow of blood from the heart’s left chambers to the rest of the body, typically requires surgery to repair.
Anyone taking Wellbutrin should not stop taking Wellbutrin without first talking to their doctor, because this can cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects. A woman taking Wellbutrin who becomes pregnant or who intends to become pregnant should immediately tell her doctor.
Other Serious Wellbutrin Side Effects
Wellbutrin is part of the aminoketone class of antidepressants and it is structurally and chemically different than other antidepressants on the market, such as Prozac or Celexa. Bupropion is also sold under the brand name of Zyban as an anti-smoking drug.
Wellbutrin has been linked to the following birth defects:
- Atrial Septal Defect (defects in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart)
- Heart Ventrical Outflow Tract Defects
- Ventrical Septal Defect (defects in the wall between the lower chambers of the heart)
- Pulmonary Defect
- Coarctation of the aorta (narrow artery, such that blood cannot easily leave the heart to flow around the body).
- Lung Defect
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (arteries to the lungs are narrower than normal)
- Hypoplastic left heart (left side of the heart is underdeveloped)
- Pulmonary Stenosis (the opening of the pulmonary vein into the heart’s right ventricle has narrowed, such that blood cannot easily enter the heart)
If you took this medication and your child was born with any of these defects, you may be entitled to compensation through a Wellbutrin lawsuit.
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Wellbutrin and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
Wellbutrin is not recommended for children under the age of 18.
The FDA in March 2004 issued a warning for Wellbutrin and other antidepressants, stating that the drug can cause suicide and violence in children and teenagers. This FDA public health advisory places doctors, patients and families on notice to be particularly vigilant for signs of worsening depression or suicidal thoughts at the beginning of anti-depressant therapy or whenever the dose is changed.
The FDA action followed a 2003 British study that showed children and teens who took antidepressants like Wellbutrin had two to three times the risk of suicide and suicidal thinking.
Antidepressant manufacturers and the medical community have been aware for a long time that certain antidepressant can cause people to kill themselves. Despite the numerous studies linking increased suicide risk with antidepressant like Wellbutrin, drug manufacturers continue to refute these claims.
For this reason, victims of this dangerous drug may be entitled to file a Wellbutrin lawsuit to hold the manufacturer accountable for the harm it caused.
Legal Help for Victims of Wellbutrin Injuries
If you or a loved one was treated with Wellbutrin and suffered any of the above injuries, you may have a legal case. Contact Janet, Jenner & Associates today to learn more about how our accomplished drug injury lawyers can help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve through a Wellbutrin lawsuit.
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