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How does Zoloft work?

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Williams Hart    

Zoloft is a popularly-prescribed antidepressant that belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRIs such as Zoloft are known to affect a chemical in the brain called serotonin – a neurotransmitter that affects certain human behaviors such as aggression and mood.

Since serotonin is a neurotransmitter, it is designed to be absorbed back into the transmitting neuron after it transfers information between different areas of the brain. This process is called ‘reuptake.’ An SSRI inhibits serotonin reuptake, which in turn increases the effects of serotonin in the brain.

Unfortunately, Zoloft is also a known anti-folate; it inhibits proper formation and absorption of folic acid in the body, which is crucial in lowering the risk of birth defects, such as neural tube defects and heart malformation.

If taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to suffer from any birth defect, you should consider exploring your options for pursuing justice and financial compensation from its maker. Our lawyers from Williams Hart know what it takes to help families negatively affected by this dangerous drug and may be able to get you the outcome you are seeking. Call us at (713) 352-7071 for a free and comprehensive review of your situation.

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