Baltimore, MD asked in Medical Malpractice for Maryland

Q: Does a psychiatrist's neglect to explain the withdrawal symptoms of an antidepressant constitute medical malpractice?

My doctor prescribed me Effexor but omitted to mention the severe and long-lasting discontinuation symptoms associated with the medication. Since I have stopped taking Effexor, I have experienced a myriad of uncomfortable and disruptive side effects including disorientation, excessive sweating, headaches, nausea, and paresthesias. If my doctor had informed me about these side effects beforehand, I do not think I would have consented to take this drug.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald V. Miller Jr.
Ronald V. Miller Jr.
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: In theory, yes. But it is not as simple as if X than malpractice. More to the point, it will be hard to find a lawyer who will show an interest in your claim because, thankfully, your injuries are not permanent.

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