Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants are used to treat symptoms of depression and are the third most commonly prescribed class of medication in the U.S. In the late 1980s, the first SSRI, Prozac, entered market, followed by Paxil and Zoloft.
SSRI sales have risen significantly in recent years (400% increase since mid-1990s), particularly among women of child-bearing age. Research indicates that one out of every eight pregnant women now take an SSRI.
Sadly, SSRIs and another type of antidepressant, SNRIs, are linked to severe birth defects in children exposed to these drugs in the womb.
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Several studies have identified a significant risk for severe and life-threatening birth defects for children born to mothers who took an SSRI/SSRI during pregnancy.
In 2005, a Danish study found that infants exposed to SSRI antidepressants early in pregnancy were 60% more likely to develop a severe congenital heart defect compared to infants whose mothers did not take an SSRI.
The following year, a New England Journal of Medicine study discovered that women taking SSRIs during their third trimester were six times more likely to give birth to a child with a rare heart and lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The FDA responded by issuing a public health warning, requiring all SSRI medications to strengthen their labels to warn patients and doctors of this Risk.
In 2011, the FDA released a Safety Announcement acknowledging the risk of PPHN development in newborns exposed to SSRIs in the womb.
The most popular SSRIs include:
In addition to PPHN, SSRIs have also been linked to limb-reduction defects and various malformations such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and club feet.
Many congenital defects have been reported by mothers who used an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy. These range from limb malformations to heart defects.
Some of the most common SSRI birth defects are:
If you took an SSRI during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a serious birth defect, contact our law firm immediately to protect your child’s legal rights.
The Chicago Zoloft lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of women and their children. SSRI manufacturers failed to warn women that these drugs could cause permanent birth defects, causing a lifetime of pain for entire families. Still today, women taking SSRIs during pregnancy unknowingly expose their children to significant risks of heart, lung, and facial birth defects.
Lawsuite Update: All 83 cases involved in the Effexor MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (No. 2548) have been closed, and we are no longer accepting Effexor claims. All Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, and Cymbalta lawsuits are being handled individually in state and federal courts.
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