Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, otherwise known as SSRIs, are the most popular antidepressant medication on the market.  These medications have the ability to ease symptoms of moderate to severe depression, and offer patients fewer side effects than other antidepressants.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder affects nearly 14.8 million Americans, which makes up 6.7 percent of the United States population ages 18 and older.  Essentially, SSRI’s help these individuals by blocking receptors in the brain which absorb serotonin, which influences mood, in order to decrease symptoms of depression.

At Simien & Simien, our dangerous drug attorneys believe that if you or someone you love has been injured by an SSRI, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages. Over the years, our attorneys have assisted dozens of injured victims, and have discovered that the sooner these victims seek legal counsel, the better. By doing so, it will enable our attorneys to gather vital documentation and evidence needed to formulate a robust case against the negligent individual or entity.

For more information, we welcome you to complete the “Free Case Evaluation” or give us a call at 800-374-8422today.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Approved To Treat Depression

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of SSRIs to treat depression. Most of these anti-depressant medications slowly release the medication throughout the day, or for a week at a time with one single dose. The following include the FDA approved SSRI generic and brand name in parenthesis:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)

As these drugs may be used to treat depression, they can also be used to treat an array of anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, these drugs have also been linked to several side effects.

SSRI Side Effects

In most instances, SSRIs each affect the body in a similar way, which means they each cause similar side effects. Of course, no SSRI is exactly the same in its chemical makeup, therefore one may affect a person different from another.  The following include some common side effects in regards to SSRIs:

  • Agitation
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Mania
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Reduced Sex Drive
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Gain
  • Weight Loss

If any of these symptoms result in serious injuries, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately, then contact an experienced attorney. Furthermore, this medical documentation may be used to formulate a robust case against the negligent individual or entity.

Contact Our Louisiana Dangerous Drug Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness that may be related to consuming a common prescription medicine, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses. From lost wages, medical and outpatient treatment costs and other associated costs, the attorneys at Simien & Simien can help decide if there are grounds to file a lawsuit and, if so, the most efficient way to move forward with the litigation.

Our firm has lawyers licensed in both Louisiana and Texas to offer person injury services in both states. The firm, with appropriate local counsel, also provides representation in other states as well. Some of the places where our firm has represented clients in Louisiana and Texas include:


  • Baton Rouge
  • Lake Charles
  • Opelousas
  • Eunice
  • Alexandria
  • Monroe
  • Lafayette
  • Shreveport
  • Houma/Thibodeaux
  • New Orleans
  • Donaldsonville
  • Port Allen
  • Sulphur
  • All Other Areas throughout Louisiana


  • Beaumont
  • Houston
  • Dallas
  • All Other Areas throughout East Texas

To find out how we could help you, simply fill out the 100% FREE and strictly confidential “Case Evaluation” form at the top of the page or call us Toll Free at (800) 374-8422.  We have intake staff ready to take your call and after some brief, initial questions about the nature of your inquiry, you will be quickly connected to one of our highly skilled lawyers.

If you are looking for a law firm that has knowledge and experience, you will find it with Simien & Simien, LLC.

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