Antidepressant Viibryd linked to Pancreatitis?
Viibryd Still On The Market Despite serious Side effects and FDA Warning
Even if you were very attentive in your high school biology class, you might not remember what, exactly, the pancreas does. Something to do with white blood cells, right?
In fact, the pancreas is one of the most important organs in the body. It produces hormones that are essential to the body’s metabolic functions, and also secretes chemicals that play essential roles in the digestion of food. The pancreas is a multitasker.
Precisely because the pancreas is crucially involved with numerous, essential body functions, any damage to it can result in very serious health complications – even death.
The powerful antidepressant medication Vilbryd has been linked with acute pancreatitis. And acute pancreatitis often leads to pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal.
Depression is a serious health issue that affects millions of people. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe, however, that choosing to treat your depression with a prescription medication should not present you with a life-or-death choice.
Yet Vilbryd, despite its links with the potentially fatal condition acute pancreatitis – and despite the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a formal waning about it – remains on the market.
We believe that this is an unacceptable situation.
At TheLawFirm.com, we have dedicated ourselves to seeking justice for clients who have seen Big Pharma toy with their health and well-being. We believe that pharmaceutical companies like Merck, which developed Vilbryd, should be held financially responsible for the damage they have done to the healths and lives of so many people.
Acute Pancreatitis is not the only serious side effect when using viibryd
Acute pancreatitis is an extremely serious condition, and, if you’ve suffered from it as a result of taking Vilbryd, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
But acute pancreatitis is not the only serious side effect that has been associated with Vilbryd. This powerful antidepressant has also been connected with a host of other conditions, including but not limited to:
• erectile dysfunction
In the worst cases, Vilbryd has been linked with more serious conditions, such as:
• serotonin syndrome, a condition in which body temperature is elevated, muscles can tense up, and heart rates can be rendered irregular; and
• mania or hypomania, a potentially dangerous state of artificial elation or manic behavior.
Getting your depression under control is one of the best things you can do for your health. But if controlling your depression means putting your overall health at risk – well, we think there should be other, better solutions.
If you’ve taken Vilbryd to treat your depression, you could be at serious risk and should consult your doctor immediately.
Once you’ve spoken with your doctor, contact TheLawFirm.com. We can help you obtain the justice and financial compensation to which we believe you are entitled.
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The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are investigating potential lawsuits involving Viibryd and acute pancreatitis, as well as pancreatic cancer.
On September 6, 2016, the FDA wrote a letter to Forest Labs about Viibryd. Viibryd was approved by the FDA in 2011 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. By 2014 Viibryd became the third-most prescribed antidepressant.
It now appears that new warnings will be added to the Viibryd label related to a link between the drug and acute pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis can lead to serious injury and even death. Pancreatitis, especially if it reoccurs, can lead to pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal.
Acute pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed. The condition usually results in hospitalization, and is fatal about 10% of the time. Victims of acute pancreatitis usually endure severe pain. What is frightening is that up to 25% of patients who develop acute pancreatitis will experience a recurrent episode within the first several years. If acute pancreatitis recurs, the risk of pancreatic cancer is greatly increased. This form of cancer is almost always fatal.
Additionally the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com expect new warnings related to sleep paralysis will also be added to the Viibryd label and prescribing information. Sleep paralysis is a condition in which a person is awake but cannot move or speak. Generally, sleep paralysis occurs upon waking and lasts less than one minute. Although sleep paralysis is a serious condition, and can cause psychological harm in the most severe cases, the condition is generally not life threatening.
TheLawFirm.com is not aware of any lawsuits having been filed yet regarding the link between Viibryd and pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. However, in December 2016 Forest Laboratories entered into a settlement agreement with the federal government and multiple state Medicaid programs. Forest paid $38 million dollars to settle claims that Forest paid physicians to prescribe Viibryd to their patients. This kind of behavior by the company makes us suspicious. What did they know about the link between Viibryd and pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer before they were forced to warn?
In our experience when new warning labels are added, users of Viibryd will likely come forward with complaints of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. We are not sure yet why Viibryd causes problems with the pancreas but this drug is different from other SSRIs in that it is the only one containing a 5HT1A receptor partial agonist. This may be the causative element. Lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are actively investigating and researching this issue.
Our initial research indicates that the highest incidence of Pancreatitis in Viibyrd users may be among women who are 50-59 years old, have been taking the drug for more than one 1 month and also take the medication Gabapentin. An online study we reviewed showed that, of 4,514 people who had side effects while taking Viibryd, 11 had pancreatitis. Given the popularity of Viibryd, we expect these numbers are very low, as not every case of pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer was reported, especially before the FDA warning.
We expect that users of Viibyrd who suffered pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer will now start coming forward.
Viibryd patients who suffer acute pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer will likely incur significant physical, financial and emotional damages due to their illness. While money cannot replace health, filing a Viibryd lawsuit can help victims be compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and emotional distress.
If you, or a loved one, took Viibryd and suffered pancreatitis, or pancreatic cancer, contact the lawyers at TheLawFirm.com immediately for a free consultation.
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