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SSRI Birth Defect Litigation

Prescription Medication Litigation.

Birth Defects Related to the use of Anti Depressents

SSRI Birth Defect Attorneys

SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor, which refers to drugs used to treat depression. Research indicates that SSRIs are linked with serious birth defects in children born to women who take them during pregnancy. These include an increased risk of autism, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and other heart and lung conditions that could qualify for damages in lawsuit claims.

SSRI antidepressants are typically prescribed to treat depression, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) among other disorders.

Types of SSRI Antidepresent Drugs

  • Zoloft (Generic: sertraline)
  • Lexapro (Generic: escitalopram)
  • Paxil (Generic: paroxetine)
  • Celexa (Generic: citalopram)
  • Prozac (Generic: fluoxetine)
  • Effexor (Generic: venlafaxine)

FDA Warning on SSRI Birth Defects

The FDA warned that studies have shown that infants born to women who had first trimester paroxetine exposure had an increased risk of cardiovascular malformations, primarily ventricular and atrial septal defects (VSDs and ASDs). According to many experienced birth defect attorneys and a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who take these anti-depressant drugs during pregnancy quadruple the risk of their babies experiencing a septal heart defect.

In July of 2006 the FDA warned that pregnant women exposed to SSRIs late in the third trimester (after their 20th week) have reported developing Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, or PPHN –(breathing and lung problems). Experienced birth defect attorneys know the same study reported that the risk of PPHN is six times greater for women who take anti-depressant drugs during pregnancy than for women who haven't taken anti-depressants during pregnancy.

More information:FDA Public Heath Advisory regarding the treatment of depression during pregnancy.

Things to Consider

Women who are taking SSRI antidepressants, including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant should speak with their doctor about the risks associated with taking any antidepressant SSRI while pregnant. There are risks associated with taking Prozac while pregnant, and there may also be concerns about discontinuing medication. All birth defect risks should be discussed with a physician and balanced against any possible benefits of taking an SSRI medication.

If you took any 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.

Legal Action

Dobbs & Tittle has experience handling claims involving SSRI birth defects.  If you took any SSRI antidepressant drug during pregnancy and your child was born with a congenital heart, lung or other birth defect, we encourage you to contact us. We are experienced in prescription medication litigation. Our consultations are provided free and without obligation. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and changes in your cost of living.