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What is Lexapro?

Lexapro® is the orally-administered prescription antidepressant drug manufactured by Forest Laboratories Inc. Its active component is escitalopram, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2002. It is one of a class of antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which also includes Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa.

SSRIs are commonly prescribed to correct an imbalance of neurotransmitters. Medical experts believe that this imbalance is the cause of mental disorders such as depression. In the case of Lexapro and other SSRIs, excess serotonin (that which did not bind to receptors) are prevented from returning to the nerves that produce them, referred to as reuptake. SSRIs inhibits reuptake, keeping the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain high.

Lexapro is FDA-approved for treating depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. It may also be prescribed for panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, although these are off-label uses. First-time users may not see any improvement in their conditions until after 4 weeks of regular intake; the maximum daily of intake Lexapro is 20 mg although 10 mg a day is thought to be just as effective for treating depression.

Common side effects of Lexapro include but not limited to:

  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of libido, sexual difficulties
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sweating

More serious side effects which may tip the balance for the discontinuation of taking the medication include suicidality and birth defects. Lexapro and Celexa are chemically similar, and according to the website of the National Injury Law Center, these are unfortunately side effects that they have in common. They are so similar that the two drugs have been named in conjunction as part of multidistrict litigation against Forest Laboratories in Missouri Judicial Circuit 19 in Cole County for birth defects. The allegations state that Forest knew about the risk to pregnant mothers of taking either of these two products but failed to give adequate warning. Birth defects alleged to have been caused by taking Lexapro and Celexa include spina bifida, craniosynostosis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, anencephaly, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and club foot.

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The Different Types Business Entities

The Different Types Business Entities

The American dream is to turn nothing into something. This dream is epitomized in starting your own business from the ground up in hopes of become a huge success one day. Starting your own business is definitely both challenging and exciting; and though it requires and is filled with a great deal of planning and a number of legal concerns, you get to enjoy the sense of fulfillment when your planning comes to fruition.

There are different types of business entities from which a new business owner can choose, each with various laws governing how it is run and organized. As such, choosing between these many options, such as limited liability, an S-corporation, a C-corporation, or limited partnership, can be difficult; fortunately, by speaking with a knowledgeable professional, such as a business lawyer, you can get the information and guidance you need to determine which type of business formation is best for you budding company.

The Limited Liability Companies and Its Advantages

One popular business choice is a limited liability company, otherwise known as an LLC. Being something like a ‘hybrid’ business entity, an LLC combines some of the characteristics found in partnerships and corporations. Like in partnerships, an LLC allows the practice of pass-through income taxation, the practice wherein taxable income goes from the company level to the owner’s level. This practice is intended to eliminate the possibility of double taxation, wherein tax is imposed twice on the same income; first on the company level and, second, on the owner’s level. The main feature of a corporation that an LLC has, on the other hand, is the limited liability of owners, meaning they are usually not responsible for company accrued debts. Other business entities have differing taxation rules, so it is often wise to refer to the counsel of a tax lawyer before settling on one or another.

Owners of an LLC company are called members, of which there is no limit. A member could be an individual or a group of individuals, foreign entities, corporations, or other LLCs. Additionally, compared to S-corporation and C-corporation business types, there are fewer laws that an LLC is required to comply with, often making it a more advantageous business entity to choose. However, no matter what entity you choose, make sure you discuss your full range of options with an Austin business lawyer before making your final decision.

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Divorce and Paternity

Divorce is often difficult, especially when it comes to children and its effects on them. One of the factors that may affect how a divorce decree is drawn up when children are involved is establishing paternity, which can be requested as a motion in court.

The presumption is that children born in a marriage are the biological children of the mother’s husband, but that does not always turn out to be true. There are consequences to establishing paternity (or biological fatherhood) in a divorce. The results of a paternity test can alter the course of a custody preceding to a huge extent.

One consequence is financial. In a divorce, the father may be compelled to provide financial support to the children of the marriage, usually in the form of child support payments. However, if paternity tests show that the child or children are not the biological children of a woman’s husband, then financial support for that child or those children may not be the responsibility of the husband unless the court otherwise decrees it to be so. Of course, if the wife provides the main source of family income or does not get primary custody, she may be required to pay child support, which can negate some of the value that a paternity test may hold.

According to the website of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, another consequence of paternity testing is legal. The wife may deny visitation rights or child custody to the husband on the basis of paternity. If she alleges that the child or children are not biologically his, then legally, he has no rights to them. A paternity test that proves the child or children are biologically his and can establish a basis for the granting of visitation rights or custody.

A paternity test can be established in one of two ways: DNA or HLA (human leukocyte antigen) testing. DNA is by far the more popular and reliable type of paternity testing, with 99% accuracy. If paternity is an issue in a divorce, an attorney will most probably request it early in the process so that the paperwork for the main issue of the motion (custody, child support, etc.) can be submitted on time for the court’s consideration.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit and Your Right to Compensation

A transvaginal mesh implant is a surgical procedure that is meant to strengthen the thickness of the vaginal wall and improve tissue strength. It is a necessary operation, especially if your urethra and bladder are no longer receiving adequate support from your pelvic muscles. When your pelvic muscles fail, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can occur, so transvaginal mesh surgery may be necessary to prevent these unwanted medical complications.

Transvaginal mesh implants can also end the problems associated with hysterectomy and alternative curative processes. This, and its introduction as a low-risk surgical option, led to its fast recognition in the medical field. The procedure requires the embedding of a porous synthetic substance that is intended to relieve women of any pain or discomfort associated with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Due to the considerable potential this product had for helping patients, the possibility of the product having complications was not fully considered. It did not take long, however, when complaints regarding the side-effects of the implant began to emerge, so that by 2010, records of complications numbered at least 3,874 , with at least seven deaths.

The complications transvaginal mesh implant is associated with include mesh contraction, mesh exposure, mesh erosion, and mesh migration. These complications, in turn, lead to painful side effects, like neuromuscular issues, infection, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, bleeding, and perforation of the organ. Unfortunately, such complications can sometimes be too difficult to correct once the transvaginal mesh is set in place.

A transvaginal mesh lawyer, however, can help you file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, if only to bring the negligent party to justice and to have you compensated for all your financial losses, as well as costly medical treatment. Though no amount of compensation will ever repair the harm done against you and all those affected, it will help you and other victims to get the medical treatment you need.

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Microsoft Rolls Back Faulty Windows 7 Update

computer updateMicrosoft is advising Windows 7 users to patch an update from earlier this week that has been causing problems for users and disabling anti-virus software.

The faulty update began to be pushed out on Tuesday. It was meant to close a pair of obscure security vulnerabilities, but instead resulted in some computers being unable to restart or load applications. Some people received a “fatal system error,” while others got errors with their antivirus software, implying their PCs were unprotected.

Microsoft addressed the issues in a blog post yesterday and stopped pushing the update. The company says that the issue only affected users who also had certain third-party software installed when they applied the update.

A fix has been rolled out and PCs set to update automatically should download and apply it on their own.

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