Women who use Lexapro during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children with serious birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and hypoplastic left heart syndrome than pregnant women not taking the drug.
Lexapro is an antidepressant in the group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The FDA has classified Lexapro as a pregnancy category C medication, meaning the antidepressant could potentially cause harm to a human fetus if taken during pregnancy based on adverse effects reported in animal reproduction studies.
A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Nursing determined that women who take an SSRI antidepressant like Lexapro while pregnant increase an infant’s risk of developing severe congenital heart defects. Craniosynostosis, limb defects and neural tube birth defects can also be caused by the use of Lexapro during pregnancy.
If you or a loved one used Lexapro or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with PPHN, hypoplastic left heart syndrome or other birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this page.