Effexor During Pregnancy

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 including atrial spetal defects, ventral septal defects and primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Studies show that 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 birth defects than those not using antidepressants during pregnancy. Additional birth defects that could result from the use of Effexor during pregnancy include pulmonary stenosis, cleft lip, cleft palate, and club foot.

Effexor is in the class of antidepressant drugs known as serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also classified Effexor as a pregnancy category C drug.

If you or a loved one used Effexor during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with 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.


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