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Antidepressant Birth Defects
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely prescribed for the treatment of depression, panic disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The use of SSRIs during pregnancy has been linked to babies born with birth defects, ranging from severe to life-threatening. If your child was born with a birth defect and you were treated with an antidepressant during your pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation. Let our experienced antidepressant birth defect lawyers represent you and ensure your rights are protected.
Antidepressant Birth Defect Risks
Due to the similar way SSRIs interact with our brains, the complete class of drugs is linked to birth defects. Specific drugs include:
|• Prozac® (fluoxetine)||• Lexapro® (escitalopram)||• Zoloft® (sertraline)||• Celexa® (citalopram)|
|• Luvox® (fluvoxamine)||• Paxil® (paroxetine)||• Symbyax® (olanzapine/fluoxetine)|
The development of serious birth defects, include:
|• Craniosynostosis||• Persistent pulmonary hypertension||• Omphalocele affects the abdominal organs|
|• Septal Heart Defects||• Anencephaly affects the brain and skull.|
Other antidepressants have been linked to increased blood pressure leading to stroke and limb malformations.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported that one study showed infants who were born to mothers taking SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than those infants born to mothers not taking antidepressants during pregnancy.
PPHN is a condition where the newborn has trouble adapting to breathing outside the womb. This leads to the child suffering from abnormal blood flow through the lungs and heart, which leads to a lack of oxygen supplied to the rest of the body. Babies with PPHN can become very sick and may die.