What is Serzone?
Serzone, also known as nefazodone, is an antidepressant that is a cross between a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) - a drug that treats depression by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin - and a tricyclic - a drug that treats depression by blocking the reabsorption of norepinephrine and serotonin. Serzone is prescribed for patients who suffer from depression. It has enjoyed widespread use because it is less likely to cause insomnia and sexual dysfunction than other antidepressants such as Prozac or Paxil.
Serzone, manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., was FDA approved in December 1994. Since that time the FDA has requested, on at least eight separate occasions, that Bristol-Myers strengthen the warnings on the drug. The last request, in December 2001, required that the company add a black box warning to the label, informing consumers about the increased risk of liver failure among patients who have taken the drug. Recent reports indicate that liver failure among patients treated with Serzone is three to four times the normal rate across the U.S.
Serzone and liver damage
Serzone has been linked with an increased risk of liver damage and/or failure. Contact your physician if you experience any of the following signs of liver failure:
- Jaundice - yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite - for several days or longer
- Stomach pain
If you or someone you know has been injured by the prescription drug Serzone, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact a qualified attorney for more information specific to your case.
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