Women taking anxiety medications or antidepressants such as Zoloft while pregnant may be at an increased risk of delivering a baby with abdominal, skull, or heart birth defects. If you were prescribed Lexapro, Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa or Zoloft while pregnant and you delivered a baby with these or other types of birth defects, you may be eligible to work with a birth defect attorney to recover damages for your baby’s medical condition.
Contact the Johnson Firm today if you or a loved one took Zoloft or other similar medication while pregnant and delivered a baby with a birth defect. An experienced birth defects attorney can review your case and help you determine if you have a claim.
What are SSRIs?
Also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs are some of the most highly prescribed medications across the globe. Several studies have concluded that these medications can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and the healthcare community, in general, maintains that these drugs are relatively safe if the patient takes them as directed.
Are SSRIs Safe?
On the other hand, most of these antidepressants and anxiety medications may cause similar side effects as they work in similar ways, even though each drug’s chemical makeup may be different than another. Patients are most likely to notice side effects in the first two to three weeks of treatment such as:
- Reduced sexual desire
- Difficulty reaching orgasm
- Increased risk of fractures
- Restlessness, agitation, nervousness
- Bleeding into the gut
- Increased suicidal tendencies
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain or loss
Unfortunately, according to birth defects attorneys and the plaintiffs whom they represent, patients are not always entirely aware of the potentially serious complications of taking Zoloft and other antidepressants during pregnancy. In fact, women across the country are currently working with birth defects attorneys to file lawsuits against the drugs’ manufacturers, claiming that these companies did not provide updated or adequate warning labels on the products. Although SSRIs are not dangerous for women in general, those taking SSRIs during pregnancy should exercise caution due to the drugs’ potential to cause birth defects.
For instance, Paxil can allegedly cause an increased risk of lung and heart complications in babies whose mothers took the medication while pregnant. If you find that you are pregnant and are currently taking one of these drugs, contact your healthcare provider to learn more about the potential dangers and risks of continuing treatment.
Other health risks claimed by plaintiffs and their birth defects attorneys include a higher-than-average risk of delivering a baby with a low birth weight or of premature delivery. Additionally, newborns may also be more likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms as evident by respiratory distress, shivering, seizures, crying, irritability and jitters.
SSRis Linked to Birth Defects
Women may be able to file lawsuits with help from a birth defects attorney to seek compensation for their injuries if they took Zoloft or another antidepressant during pregnancy and subsequently delivered a baby with birth defects. Clinical trials have concluded that health complications while taking anxiety medications may lead to an increased rate of birth defects in babies whose mothers took these products while pregnant. In light of recent birth defect allegations, birth defects attorneys are reviewing claims from women who took Paxil, Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa and Zoloft, among other SSRIs. The following are several of the most commonly alleged birth defects that have been claimed by plaintiffs:
- Heart defects
- Spina bifida
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Hypolastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Transportation of the great arteries (TGA)
- Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
Additionally, club foot, atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects and holes in the heart may be linked to antidepressant use in women who took SSRIs during pregnancy. If you delivered a baby that is suffering from a birth defect that you feel was the direct result from your use of anxiety medication or antidepressant and you were not aware of the risks of taking these medications during pregnancy, you may be eligible to work with a birth defects attorney to seek compensation for pain and suffering and medical expenses.
Injured While Taking Zoloft or Another SSRI? Contact a Birth Defects Attorney Today
If you or someone you love was not properly informed of the potentially life-threatening complications associated with Zoloft or other SSRIs and antidepressants while pregnant, and you subsequently delivered a baby with birth defects, you may wish to speak to an experienced birth defects attorney regarding your options. At the Johnson Firm, we can answer your questions and provide you with a free consultation to help you determine if you have a case. We may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries. The time to file a claim may be limited, so contact our office today.