What birth defects have been linked with the use of Zoloft during pregnancy?
Zoloft has been linked to an increased risk of several serious types of congenital heart defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), atrial ventricular outflow defects and septal defects. Studies have also linked Zoloft to a higher risk of other forms of birth defects, including omphalocele, craniosynostosis and anencephaly.
If I used Zoloft while I was pregnant, what is the risk my child will be born with birth defects?
According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, pregnant women who used Zoloft are six-times more likely to give birth to a child with PPHN than those who did not take antidepressants. Zoloft users are also twice as likely to give birth to a child with ventricular outflow defects or septal defects. These children are also six-times more likely to suffer from omphalocele and twice as likely to suffer from craniosynostosis.
What if I only took Zoloft during part of my pregnancy?
Women who only used Zoloft during a portion of their pregnancy may still be more likely to give birth to a child with congenital heart defects or other birth defects. The increased risk of PPHN for children born to women who used Zoloft was observed in patients who took the drug after the 20th week of pregnancy. Likewise, the risk of ventricular outflow defects, septal defects, omphalocele and craniosynostosis occurred in women who used Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Has the Food and Drug Administration taken any action regarding the link between Zoloft and birth defects?
In June 2006, the FDA issued a warning to doctors and patients about the increased risk of PPHN for women who used Zoloft and other antidepressants after the 20th week of pregnancy. Although the agency updated the drug’s prescribing information to warn pregnant women about this risk, the agency has not announced plans to issue a Zoloft recall.
Is Zoloft the only brand of antidepressants linked to an increased risk of birth defects?
The antidepressant Paxil has also been linked to an increased risk of serious heart defects, including PPHN, atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD). Zoloft and Paxil are part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other SSRIs—including Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa and Effexor—as well as the antidepressant Wellbutrin, have also been associated with an increased risk of heart defects or other birth defects.
Am I eligible to file a Zoloft birth defects lawsuit?
If you or a loved one used Zoloft or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with congenital heart defects or other birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your rights. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free case evaluation form to the right of this page.