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Zoloft® is also available as the generic drug sertraline, and the FDA lists it as a Pregnancy Category C medication, which is approved for the treatment of clinical depression and certain anxiety disorders. Zoloft® is also used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Since its introduction, every year over 30 million Zoloft® prescriptions are filled.
Zoloft has been on the market since 1991 and belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class of pharmaceuticals (SSRIs), which are mood regulation drugs. These drugs have come under scrutiny because of the serious birth defects and other complications that occur when taken by pregnant women, especially during the third trimester. Yet women are unaware of these risks.
Adverse Zoloft® Side Effects
There are a number of birth defects linked to the use of Zoloft® during pregnancy including:
|• Atrial septal defects (ASD)||• Craniosynotostosis||• Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)|
|• Omphalocele||• Ventricular septal defects (VSD)||• Transposition of Great Arteries|
|• Tetralogy of Fallot||• Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome||• Hypoplastic Right-Heart Syndrome|
Zoloft® Studies and the FDA
More recent clinical studies have linked birth defects and other complications to a number of antidepressant medications including Zoloft®, when taken by women who are pregnant. Women taking Zoloft® or other SSRI antidepressants any time during their pregnancy increase the risk of giving birth to a child with serious birth defects.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, the use of Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of major congenital malformations affecting the heart, limbs, and intestines of newborn babies.
The FDA has also reported that one study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension than infants born to mothers who didn’t take antidepressants during pregnancy.
The FDA has issued a public health advisory warning doctors, other health care professionals, and consumers about the link between Zoloft and severe birth defects when taken during pregnancy that may even be life-threatening.
Pfizer will still not admit the dangers of the side effects and birth defects in infants that Zoloft® caused, even though every month more Zoloft® lawsuits find their way to the courts.
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