Serzone, or nefazodone, is a drug used to treat cases of depression.  Serzone is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.  In the year 2001, sales of Serzone had reached $409 million worldwide.  Serzone is thought to correct the imbalance of chemicals (i.e. serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain.

What are the Side Effects of Serzone?

The most serious side effect of Serzone is serious liver problems.  Symptoms of such liver problems included: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Seizures

Milder side effects include dizziness, weakness, dry mouth, constipation, confusion, and sleepiness.

Is Serzone Still Being Marketed?

Serzone is still on the market, but in December 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Bristol-Myers to include a "black box warning."  On Serzone’s label, Bristol-Myers was to display a warning that some people may develop liver problems.  The FDA had uncovered cases of liver failure resulting in transplant surgery or death in some Serzone users. 

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with Product Liability Issues?

There has been at least one class action filed pertaining to Serzone.  A products liability lawyer would be able to gather all the information on Serzone and would be able to determine whether you have a valid case.