Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI drugs, are often prescribed to treat depression anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD, and social phobias. Cases of birth defects -- some of which are life-threatening -- have been linked to babies born to mothers who used SSRIs in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Evidence from several medical studies have shown that exposure to SSRIs during the first trimester increased risks of major congenital malformations -- particularly heart defects. The FDA reported on one study which showed that babies born after 20 weeks to mothers using SSRIs were also 6 times more likely to develop persistent pulmonary hypertension than children born to mothers who didn't take antidepressants.
Some of the drugs in question include:
Celexa® (citalopram), Cipralex® (escitalopram),Cymbalta® (duloxetine), Effexor® (venlafaxine),Lexapro® (escitalopram, )Luvox® (fluvoxamine), Paxil® (paroxetine), Prozac® (fluoxetine), Remeron® (mirtazapine), Sarafem® (fluoxetine), Symbyax® (olanzapine/fluoxetine), Wellbutrin® (bupropion)
Potential birth defects from SSRI usage can include:
-abdominal wall defect (omphalocele)
-atrial septal defect (ASD)
-cranial skull defect (craniosynostosis)
-gastroschisis (stomach/intestines outside of body)
-hole in heart wall
-hypoplastic left heart syndrome
-hypoplastic right heart syndrome
-persistent pulmonary hypertension
-required heart surgery or transplant
-Tetralogy of Fallot
-transposition of great arteries
-tricuspid or mitral heart valve defect
-Trilogy of Fallot
-ventricular septal defect (VSD)
If your baby was born with a serious birth defect, you may need the help of an antidepressant birth defect lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us for a free initial consultation.
Celexa® and Lexapro® are registered trademarks of Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cipralex® is a registered trademark of H. Lundbeck A/S. Cymbalta®, Prozac® and Symbyax® are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. Effexor® and Zoloft® are registered trademarks of Pfizer, Inc. Luvox® is a registered trademark of Abbott Products, Inc. Paxil® and Wellbutrin® are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline. Remeron® is a registered trademark of N.V. Organon. Sarafem® is a registered trademark of Warner Chilcott. All trademarks are used to identify the products in question.
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