What should I do if my antidepressant is recalled?

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Millions of Americans use drugs to control depression and anxiety. These drugs can be extremely effective in controlling symptoms of those debilitating diseases. Although they can be very effective for some individuals, many of the drugs have very serious side effects, including an increased risk of suicide. When a drug’s side effects become so serious that the drug is recalled, patients who are on that drug should take steps to protect their own health.

One high profile antidepressant that was recalled in recent years is Lexapro. Some users of Lexapro who also took medications to control migraines began experiencing serious side effects. Lexapro was also linked to certain birth defects and an increased risk of suicide.

It’s critical that you share with your doctor if you have any side effects after taking a prescribed medication. Your doctor and your pharmacist also need to know every medication you take, including over the counter medications. Drug interactions can pose health problems, and if your health care professionals aren’t aware of any other medications you are on, they cannot help prevent those interactions.

If a drug you are taking is recalled, rather than quitting the drug cold turkey after learning of the recall, you should speak with your doctor immediately. Your doctor may want to prescribe another drug, gradually wean you off the drug, or may recommend another course of action.

In addition, if you were harmed as a result of taking a prescription drug, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney can help advise you on whether or not you should join a class action, file your own lawsuit, or take other actions. If you have been harmed by a prescription drug, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more, or visit our Twitter page for more information. 

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