Patients who’ve suffered severe withdrawal side effects during discontinuation of Cymbalta may qualify for financial help from a lawsuit. Contact DrugNews today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.
The antidepressant drug Cymbalta has been prescribed to millions of patients to treat the effects of major depressive disorder and general anxiety, as well as for relieving pain from nerve damage, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and lower back injury.
Unfortunately, what many patients attribute most to Cymbalta are the severe side effects that come when they try to stop using it.
Reports indicate the maker of Cymbalta, Eli Lilly, may have concealed the occurrence rate of these withdrawal side effects from patients and doctors, putting thousands of patients in turmoil. A growing number of patients have now filed lawsuits and may be entitled to compensation.
Patients who discontinue use of antidepressant drugs often experience some degree of withdrawal side effects. However, the complications from Cymbalta can be so severe that doctors have assigned them a diagnosis of their own – Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome.
These effects range from minor symptoms like nausea, headaches and dizziness to extreme side effects like seizures, nightmares and electrical shock sensations to the brain.
Studies have shown these effects can last for weeks or months, and negatively affect a person’s ability to work or maintain relationships.
Eli Lilly conducted studies revealing as many as 51% of patients taking Cymbalta experienced withdrawal symptoms for several weeks. However, they downplayed the effects to doctors and told patients only around 1% of users suffered problems.
The company also failed to give patients a way to slowly taper their use of the drug.
Those affected by these withdrawal symptoms may now be entitled to compensation for their damages from a Cymbalta lawsuit, and lawyers are helping victims file claims at no cost.
These side effects often last for weeks or more than a month, and can cause the need for extra treatment, as well as disrupt interpersonal relationships and the ability to work.
Lawyers have begun helping those affected file lawsuits in federal court against the maker of Cymbalta, Eli Lilly. They can discuss your case today to let you know if it might qualify and what compensation is available.
It costs nothing to speak with a lawyer or file a claim unless you receive an award, however, the time to exercise your legal rights is limited by law.
When defective medications cause unintended side effects, they can affect thousands of people with very similar injuries. The makers of these products are often liable for the damages if they concealed the risks, didn’t properly test their drugs or warn patients of the dangers.
Many people assume there will be a Cymbalta class action lawsuit to handle the large number of legal claims. However, most of the time they are resolved through individual lawsuits that are grouped together in a special centralized court. This allows victims to share the resources and benefits of a combined force while still having control over their individual case.
In the case of Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits, lawyers have requested that a number of cases filed around the country in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Louisiana be consolidated to a Cymbalta multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in the Southern District Federal Court of California.
So far, Eli Lilly has not acknowledged the growing litigation or issued any comment.
Since each case is different, it is difficult to estimate what a single Cymbalta lawsuit is worth. However, those who experience ongoing withdrawal symptoms can suffer significant damages that may be reimbursed.
Patients with Cymbalta discontinuation syndrome may need additional medical treatment, and can experience the loss of relationships with friends or family. They may also suffer lost wages or employment.
Courts have ruled that economic damages, as well as pain and suffering, are recoverable by victims of defective products.
Although thousands of patients have reported severe withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta, Eli Lilly has so far refused to compensate them. Now, lawyers believe they will be reimbursed for their losses in court or through settlements.
Already, lawyers have filed lawsuits for many Cymbalta users around the country claiming Eli Lilly falsely represented the drug’s withdrawal side effects and how long they last. The company has also been accused of hiding their own research that would have revealed these complications.
Defective drug lawsuits can be very complex, and are often different than normal personal injury or medical malpractice cases. For this reason, it is important to find a Cymbalta lawyer that specializes in this type of claim.
Lawyers handling drug injury lawsuits must have a thorough understanding of medical records, drug safety research and chemical interaction, as well how to litigate cases in special federal courts against powerful drug companies.
While there are many TV ads about drug injury lawsuits, there are surprisingly few lawyers that fight these cases in court or are appointed to executive steering committees.
DrugNews only recommends lawyers who have already handled numerous antidepressant side effect cases and specialize in Cymbalta lawsuits.
For more information on the warnings or side effects of Cymbalta, or to speak with a Cymbalta lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to help.