SSRI’s, or Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors, are antidepressant medications whose use by pregnant women are being linked to birth defects across the nation. These drugs include medications such as Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro and Celexa. Studies show that women taking these medications while pregnant may subject their children to serious congenital heart defects. In addition to congenital heart defects, these medications have been linked to pulmonary hypertension, cardiac birth defects, cranio-facial, limb, and abdominal wall malformations.
Other congenital heart defects associated with antidepressant (SSRI) medications include: Pulmonary Atresia, Triscupic Atresia, Transportation of the Great Vessels, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Atrial Septal Defect (hole in the heart), Coarctation of the Aorta, Tetralogy of the Fallot, Ventricular Septal Defect (hole in the heart), Double Outlet Right Ventricle, Double Inlet Left Ventricle, Truncus Arteriosus, and Double Aortic Arch. In addition, the following other congenital birth defects have also been associated with SSRI Antidepressant drugs: Pulmonary Stenosis (Lung Defect), Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), Omphalcele – Abdominal Wall Malformation, Clubfoot, Craniosynostosis(cranio-facial malformation), and Gastrochesis (abdominal wall formation).
Children born with these serious conditions face a life of potential problems. Many cases require surgery when the child is extremely young, as well as multiple times as the child matures. It is important to be aware that these conditions are treated with higher success rates when the condition is recognized from a young age.
Women who become pregnant should cease taking these medication immediately until they consult with their medical provider. Large drug makers often place these drugs on the market without proper testing. Profits are often placed ahead of child and consumer safety. If you have taken SSRI Antidepressant medication while pregnant and have a child suffering from any of the above birth defects, contact a birth injury lawyer to discuss a birth defect lawsuit. If a drug manufacturer negligently placed dangerous medications into the hands of unsuspecting victims, they are responsible for the devastating results.
Call birth defect lawyer Chris Dixon for free information related to your SSRI Antidepressant birth defect lawsuit. Call 855.402.7274, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.