Children born to women who took the antidepressant drug Effexor during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of serious and potentially fatal birth defects. Effexor is in the class of antidepressant drug known as serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has been linked to serious heart defects, including atrial septal defects (ASD), ventral septal defects (VSD) and primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). According to several studies, women taking antidepressants such as Effexor while pregnant may be up to six times more likely to give birth to a child with one of these conditions than those not using antidepressants during pregnancy.
If you or a loved one used Effexor during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects such as ASD, VSD, PPHN or other congenital birth defects, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-888-776-5552, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.