SSRI Antidepressants Lawsuit | Birth Defect Side Effects
SSRI Antidepressants Side Effect Lawsuits | Birth Defects, Heart Birth Defects |
SSRI Antidepressants : Effexor, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Zyban | Birth Defect Side Effects : Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Cleft Palate, Spina Bifida, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), Craniosynostosis
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants may cause serious birth defects in infants whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant, especially during the early months of pregnancy. Potential SSRI birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension, as well as other congenital heart and lung conditions. SSRI birth defects have an enormous impact on a child’s quality of life, and impact the emotional and financial well being of the entire family. Families whose children were born with a birth defect may be eligible to file an SSRI birth defect lawsuit if the child’s mother took any of these drugs during pregnancy, including:
- Zoloft (Generic: sertraline)
- Lexapro (Generic: escitalopram)
- Paxil (Generic: paroxetine)
- Celexa (Generic: citalopram)
- Prozac (Generic: fluoxetine)
If you took an SSRI antidepressant drug during pregnancy and your child was born with a congenital heart, lung or other birth defect, legal advice from an attorney experienced with SSRI lawsuits should be sought immediately. Wright Schulte LLP, a nationwide law firm focused on obtaining justice for the people, represents the victims of defective drug side effects, including those caused by SSRI antidepressants. If your child was born with a serious birth defect that might be linked with their mother’s use of an SSRI antidepressant, we urge you to contact Wright & Schulte LLC for a free, no obligation lawsuit evaluation today.
SSRI Antidepressants and Birth Defects
SSRI antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, and are approved to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe depression. Some antidepressants may also be prescribed to treat bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Birth defects that may result from the use of SSRI antidepressants run the gamut from minor heart murmurs to serious heart and lung disorders. SSRI birth defects that could qualify for legal compensation include:
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Pulmonary Atresia (pulmonary valve defect)
- Pulmonary Stenosis (pulmonary valve disorder)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Transposition of Great Arteries
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Anal Atresia (anus or rectum malformation/defect)
- Omphalocele (abdominal wall defect)
- Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
- Club Foot
- Oral Clefts
- Spina Bifida (Neural Tube Defects)
SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Warnings
Since the first SSRI antidepressant, Prozac, was brought to market in the 1990s, these drugs have been the subject of a number of birth defect warnings:
- In December 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory that infants exposed to Paxil during pregnancy may have an increased risk of delivering children with SSRI heart defects, especially ASD and VSD.
- In February 2006, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported a sixfold increased risk of PPHN in infants born to mothers who took an antidepressant in the last trimester of pregnancy. That July, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory for Prozac and several other antidepressants based on the study.
- In 2009, a British Medical Journal study reported that women who took SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy could be doubling the chances that their child will have a heart birth defect. According to the report, Zoloft more than tripled the risk, while Celexa more than doubled it. Using more than one SSRI nearly quintupled the risk of the heart defect.
- In July 2011, a Finnish study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology provided evidence that exposure to SSRIs in the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk for major congenital anomalies, particularly heart problems. According to the report, Prozac in the first three months of a pregnancy was linked to a two-fold risk for isolated ventricular sepal defects. Paxil in pregnancy was associated with more than a four-fold increased risk for right ventricular outflow tract defects in newborn hearts.
SSRI Birth Defect Lawsuit Evaluations
The attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC work every day to preserve the rights of personal injury victims, one case and one client at a time. If your child is the victim of an SSRI birth defect, and you’re looking for a personal injury law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. For a free, no obligation legal evaluation of your case, simply fill out the online form on the right, or give Wright & Schulte LLC a call, toll-free, at 1-800-399-0795.