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SSRIs and Birth Defects

South Carolina SSRI Injury Lawyer Works Hard On Birth Defect Cases

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed for the treatment of depression, but for pregnant women, these are dangerous drugs with the potential to cause birth defects, birth injuries and fetal death. It is certainly not a woman’s fault, as the pharmaceutical companies fail to adequately inform and disclose SSRI warnings of potential birth defects to patients. Additionally, SSRIs can cause damage to the unborn child early in the first trimester, so women who may become pregnant should also avoid SSRIs. Our drug injury attorneys file SSRI lawsuits on behalf of women, children and families harmed by the negligence and inadequate disclosures of the pharmaceutical companies.

SSRIs are Heavily Marketed as Safe

SSRIs have become commonplace for millions of people throughout the country, and the manufacturers go to great lengths to present these products to the public as safe. The most commonly prescribed SSRI anti-depressants are listed below as their trade names, with the generic name in parentheses:

  • Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
  • Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva (paroxetine)
  • Prozac and Sarafem (fluoxetine)
  • Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Celexa (citalopram)

SSRI Side Effects Include Devastating Birth Injuries

The following birth injuries and defects have been associated with SSRIs when taken by pregnant women:

  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Club foot
  • Oral cleft
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Heart defects
  • Lung defects, including apnea
  • Developmental delays

FDA Releases SSRI Warnings for Birth Defects and PPHN

In 2005, the FDA issued a black box warning that pregnant women taking Paxil (paroxetine) have an increased risk of congenital malformations as compared to other anti-depressants.

In 2011, the FDA issued another drug warning regarding all SSRIs; pregnant women taking an SSRI are at risk of giving birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a heart and lung condition, and the newborns may require mechanical ventilators to assist them with breathing. The condition can result in brain damage, organ damage and death.

SSRI is a Dangerous Drug for Pregnant Women

The pharmaceutical industry minimizes the risks that SSRIs present to pregnant women and those who unexpectedly become pregnant while taking the drugs. Families of children born with birth defects and birth injuries will face financial hardships throughout their lives. SSRI lawsuits hold the pharmaceutical companies responsible for their negligent actions and offer financial compensation to ensure these children are able to enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Contact our SSRI Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Pharmaceutical companies must take full responsibility for the harm their products cause to innocent people. Women are inadequately informed of the potential dangers and risks of SSRIs during pregnancy, and most women only discover such risk factors after it is too late. If you were taking SSRIs and lost your child before birth or had a child born with injuries or birth defects, contact our SSRI lawyers for a no obligation, confidential consultation.

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