Antidepressant Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that the use of Zoloft, Paxil and some other antidepressants during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of heart defects and other congenital birth defects in newborns. Zoloft and Paxil are part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which also includes Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac.

Multiple studies have confirmed the link between antidepressants such as Zoloft or Paxil and an increased risk of heart defects. According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, children whose mothers used Zoloft, Paxil or other SSRIs while pregnant are six times more likely to be born with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and more than twice as likely to be born with atrial septal defects or ventricular septal defects.

In addition to the risk of heart defects associated with the use of antidepressants while pregnant, drugs such as Zoloft and Paxil have also been linked to a number of other congenital birth defects. Studies have found that pregnant women who use SSRIs while pregnant may be more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects including anencephaly, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by families whose children were born with heart defects or other birth defects after being exposed to Paxil, Zoloft or other antidepressants during pregnancy. These lawsuits have alleged that the manufacturers of Paxil, Zoloft and other SSRIs failed to properly warn patients about the risk of birth defects from taking these drugs during pregnancy.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft, Paxil or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free consultation from an attorney, contact the law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling us toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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