Since September 2005, information has been emerging that a number of popular antidepressant drugs may cause birth defects including a catastrophic condition known as anal atresia. Sadly, over 60% of children born with anal atresia will also be born with other birth defects. Our law firm is currently accepting drug-induced birth defects cases nationwide.
Free Anal Atresia Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with a congenital defect you feel may have been caused by an antidepressant medication, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Anal Atresia?
Anal atresia (imperforate anus) is an extremely serious birth defect characterized by a missing or blocked anus, which may occur in several forms. In males born with the condition, there may be a channel (fistula) connecting the large intestine to either the urethra or bladder. In girls, the channel may connect with the vagina. Signs and symptoms are typically identifiable at birth or shortly thereafter, and may include (but are not limited to):
- Absence or abnormally located anus
- Baby fails to have a bowel movement soon after being born
- Stool being secreted unnaturally through other parts of the body (penis, vagina, scrotum)
- Bloated stomach
- Inability to control bowel function
Which Drugs Have Been Linked to Anal Atresia?
The following antidepressants are linked to the development of anal atresia in newborn babies, infants, and children if their mothers took them while pregnant:
- Paxil (Paroxetine)
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Anal Atresia Treatment
If your baby is diagnosed with anal atresia, talk with your child’s doctor about the various treatment plans available. Popular options include:
- corrective surgery to reconstruct the anus
- colostomy – surgical procedure designed to rid the body of waste until corrective surgery can be performed. During colostomy, the rectum is closed off and an incision is made in the abdomen so that waste can temporarily pass through.
If you’d like to learn more about anal atresia, please visit PubMed Health for more information.
Do I have an Anal Atresia Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in antidepressant drug birth defects lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new anal atresia cases in all 50 states.