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Serzone Side Effects:

If any of the following Serzone side effects are present immediately contact your healthcare provider because it may indicate Serzone liver failure:

  • jaundice, witnessed as yellowing of the skin or eye whites
  • unusually dark urine
  • loss of appetite lasting several days or longer
  • severe nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • rash or hives
  • seizure
  • fainting
  • erection lasting too long
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A nationwide class action has been filed against Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company, the manufacturer of the prescription drug Serzone antidepressant, to recover damages due to the Serzone liver damages and other life threatening injuries suffered by Serzone patients. The rate of Serzone liver failure associated to the antidepressant drug is about 3-4 times greater than an individual not treated with Serzone. Serzone manufacturer Bristol-Myers identified this statistic in January 2002 after the FDA strengthened the warnings, contraindications, and precautions sections of the Serzone label. The FDA first told Bristol-Myers to add a Black Box Warning on its label in December 2001, which is the most serious warning issued by the FDA.

Worldwide, there have been approximately 8.3 million Serzone users since the antidepressant was first introduced to the market in 1994. In the U.S. alone there have been about 7 million Serzone users. In June 2001, the Canadian government first took note of the serious and deadly Serzone liver failures that can occur. They immediately took action by requiring the company to send a letter notifying doctors of the reported 109 serious Serzone liver damage cases, including 23 instances of Serzone liver failure and 16 cases of Serzone liver failure and death worldwide.

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Serzone Class Action

Allegations that Bristol-Myers knew, or should have known, of the serious Serzone liver failures and other life-threatening complications associated to the drug continue to surface. To learn more about your legal rights regarding the antidepressant drug Serzone, contact us. . . read more>

Serzone Black Box Warning

On December 7, 2001, the FDA told Serzone manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb that they must include a Black Box warning on all Serzone labels informing the antidepressant patients about the life threatening Serzone liver damages that can occur . . . read more>

Serzone Side Effects

Serious life-threatening Serzone liver failure has been reported
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About Serzone

The generic name of Serzone is nefazodone hydrochloride, used to treat depression with or without anxiety or sleeplessness . . . read more>

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Fewer sexual side effects a worthwhile trade off for increase in Serzone liver damage risks?

In 1996, studies indicated that a new antidepressant drug called Serzone was available that may be less likely to make patients become sexually dysfunctional versus existing antidepressants. The two studies that supported this Serzone claim were presented at an annual American Psychiatric Association meeting. Both studies were paid for by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the manufacturer of Serzone. Serzone has now been sold to over 7 million Americans with Serzone sales exceed $100 million annually. December 7, 2001, the FDA advised Bristol-Meyers that warning labels should indicate to patients that Serzone could cause liver damage.

Quick Facts on Serzone

Classification: Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant
Form: 100mg, 150mg, 200mg, and 250mg tablet
Usual Dosage: 100mg twice per day not to exceed 300mg twice per day
Instructions: can be taken with or without food
Side effects to report to your doctor:

  1. suicide thoughts
  2. problems urinating, insomnia, or somnulence
  3. nausea / vomiting/ diarrhea
  4. dry mouth
  5. headache
  6. dizziness
  7. sexual dysfunction (ejaculatory delay)
  8. unusual dreams
Precautions:
Use with caution in people with heart disease
*Can cause an increase in suicidal thoughts*

Serzone News Article
BREAKING NEWS!!
Public Citizen renews call to ban Serzone antidepressant drug
October 29, 2003 - Public Citizen issued a petition to immediately ban Serzone antidepressant drug in March 2003. Now, the consumer advocacy group has renewed its call after new reports of deaths and severe liver failure has been reported. Canadian officials announced it would remove Serzone because of its association to “hepatic adverse events such as jaundice, hepatitis and hepatocellular necrosis.”

There were over 2.8 million Serzone prescriptions filled in the U.S. last year alone. According to the director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, it is estimated that only about 10% of cases are reported, meaning there have been potentially hundred of Serzone deaths and hundreds of Serzone injuries. Read Full Article

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