Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuits Spina Bifida, Neural Tube Injury

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  • PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn)
  • Heart defects
  • Limb deformities
  • Neural tube defects
  • Anal atresia
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Omphalocele

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It’s not uncommon for women to experience symptoms of depression while pregnant, and the complexities of safely treating depression during pregnancy remain a hotly-contested issue among doctors and experts in the field. Some believe that blockbuster antidepressant drugs like Paxil and Prozac pose only a small risk to the fetus when taken by pregnant women, but mounting research suggests that babies exposed to certain antidepressant drugs in utero may actually have a significantly increased risk of being born with one or more serious malformations like neural tube birth defects and heart defects. In fact, an expert with the National Institute for Health noted last year that some popular antidepressant drugs could double the risk of a child being born with a heart defect when taken in early pregnancy, and warned that the medications are not worth taking for women with mild to moderate depression. If your child has been diagnosed with a birth defect and you believe an antidepressant drug like Paxil to be the cause, fill out the case review form now to speak to an experienced birth defect attorney.

Types of Antidepressant Medications

Although SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs are the most well-known antidepressants on the market today, there are several different types of antidepressant medications available in the United States that may increase a child’s risk of birth defects, including SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) and NDRIs (norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors). The most common antidepressant medications are as follows:

SSRIs:

  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Celexa
  • Lexapro

SNRIs:

  • Effexor
  • Pristiq

NDRIs:

  • Wellbutrin

If you took any of these antidepressants while pregnant and your child was born with a congenital malformation, fill out the case review form to discuss your legal options with a knowledgeable birth defect attorney for free.

Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressant Drugs

Estimates show that SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac are used in up to one in six women of childbearing age, which means they could become pregnant while taking the medications and put their unborn child at risk of devastating birth defects. Some of the more serious birth defects linked to these popular antidepressant drugs include the following:

  • PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn)
  • Heart defects
  • Limb deformities
  • Neural tube defects
  • Anal atresia
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Omphalocele

If your child has been diagnosed with one or more of these birth defects, you may be entitled to reimbursement for his or her injuries, as well as current and future medical bills. Fill out the case review form today to discuss your compensation options with a qualified birth defect attorney.

Contact an Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawyer Today

Antidepressants are one of the most widely-used medications in the United States, with more than 80,000 American women prescribed SSRI drugs alone in any given year. Unfortunately, because the majority of these alleged antidepressant-related birth defects occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, before many women are even aware they are pregnant, all women of childbearing age taking antidepressant drugs may be at risk for giving birth to a child with devastating malformations. If you took Paxil, Wellbutrin or another potentially dangerous antidepressant drug during pregnancy, and your child was born with a birth defect like cleft palate or spina bifida, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. Fill out the case review form now to speak to a product liability lawyer for free.

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