Health Risks from the Use of Zoloft, Paxil or Other Antidepressants
Drugs like Zoloft and Paxil are commonly prescribed to treat depression and pose serious risks to pregnant women and their babies. The dangerous side effects of these drugs include an increased risk of birth defects.
The most common birth defects linked to Zoloft, Paxil and other antidepressants are Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD). Both ASD and VSD are heart abnormalities that cause openings between the dividing walls or chambers of the infant's heart. These complications often require surgery.
While the use of Zoloft, Paxil and other antidepressants is most commonly linked to congenital heart defects, other birth defects caused may include:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
- Lung defects
- Club foot
- Neural tube defects
- Anal atresia
- Infant Omphalocele
Studies have shown that women who took antidepressants during the first three months of pregnancy were much more likely to have a child with a congenital heart defect. In addition, mothers who took antidepressants after the 20th week of pregnancy were nearly six times as likely to have a baby develop PPH.
Zoloft, Paxil and other Antidepressants Under FDA Scrutiny
Despite continuous misleading labels from the drug manufacturers, the FDA has warned against the use of antidepressants during pregnancy.
In addition to depression, drugs like Zoloft and Paxil are commonly prescribed to adults for a number of conditions, including:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
In June 2007, two studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing an increased risk of heart defects linked to Zoloft. Then in 2009, the British Journal of Medicine published a study that found a significant increase in congenital heart defects from the use of Zoloft.
Despite these studies, Zoloft's manufacturer has failed to update its label to effectively warn patients of the drug's link to birth defects.
What to do if you or your child has side effects from the use of Zoloft, Paxil or other Antidepressants
If you or your baby was born with birth defects stemming from the use of antidepressant medication, contact our birth defect attorneys to find out if you're entitled to compensation.
Our expert lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve. We work hard to protect your health and the health of all Colorado citizens injured by Zoloft or other antidepressant medications.
Has your child suffered from Zoloft birth defects?
If you or any member of your family has experienced side effects from using Zoloft or other antidepressants, then please contact us right away. You can call us at 303-893-4486
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