Cymbalta Lawsuit Attorneys
Cymbalta lawsuit attorneys can help patients who experienced severe side effects after taking the medication for depression. Lawsuits have been filed against drug maker Eli Lilly and Company alleging that severe side effects, including suicidal tendencies, rare skin disorders, and extreme withdrawal complications were caused by the widely prescribed antidepressant medication. Affected patients and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and seek compensation with the help of a bad drug attorney.
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What is Cymbalta?
Cymbalta is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSRI). Cymbalta affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. Cymbalta is used to treat major depressive disorder in adults, and is also used to treat general anxiety disorder in adults and children who are at least seven years old. Cymbalta is also used in adults to treat fibromyalgia (a chronic pain disorder), and chronic muscle or joint pain (such as low back pain and osteoarthritis pain), and to treat pain caused by nerve damage in adults with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy).
Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cymbalta in 2004 for the treatment of depression.
FDA Black-Box Suicide Warning
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black-box suicide warning for Cymbalta. A black-box warning is the FDA’s strongest, and it requires drug manufacturers to include this warning in the labeling information for all SSRI and SNRI medications.
These symptoms may include:
|Symptoms of aggression||Thoughts of suicide|
|Extreme worry||Abnormal excitement|
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Cymbalta Pregnancy Risks
SSRIs have been linked to serious side effects including heart defects and persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in the newborn when taken by the mothers during pregnancy. In July of 2006, the FDA issued a health advisory advising people of the serious side effects of taking SNRI/SSRIs while pregnant. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that suggested mothers who took SNRIs such as Cymbalta during the second half of their pregnancy were six times more likely to have a baby with PPHN or heart defects. Babies exposed to Cymbalta during gestation also suffer withdrawal symptoms such as incessant crying, agitation and sleeplessness.
Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome
Cymbalta users reportedly experience severe withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use, including mood swings, neurological problems and electric shock sensations. Patients describe these shocks as excruciating headaches that occur alongside bouts of nausea and dizziness. Some are so severe that patients cannot go to work.
The FDA calls these symptoms Cymbalta discontinuation syndrome. According to data collected by the agency, more patients who stopped use of Cymbalta suffered from these sometimes debilitating effects than on other drugs in the same class. An FDA advisory committee report about Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome states,
“Much anecdotal evidence has accumulated documenting the injury, distress and life management impacts caused by discontinuation of Cymbalta. The effects of discontinuation can be severe and extend for weeks or even months.”
How Cymbalta Lawsuit Attorneys Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by the fault of others may be eligible to recover money for:
Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.