Zoloft, Paxil and other anti-depressant drugs are linked to child birth defect cases
Zoloft and Paxil belong to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitos or SSRIs. These drugs are used to treat depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The drugs are designed to increase the neurotransmitter brain chemical known as serotonin in the hops of treating the symptoms of depression.
These drugs have been linked to risks of developmental birth defects in infants whose mothers took the medication during pregnancy. There are a variety of lawsuits pending by individuals looking to recover damages as patients were not warned of the risks to their unborn babies of taking Zoloft, Paxil and other anti-depressants.
Birth defects linked to these medications are Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD). Both are heart abnormalities that cause openings between the dividing walls or chambers of the infant’s heart and the complications often require surgery. Other birth defects include Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), lung and limb defects, and neural tube defects.
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.
If you or a loved one has suffered from birth defects after taking Zoloft, Paxil or other anti-depressants, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced attorneys for a FREE and immediate initial consultation.