Do you have a child who was born with a heart murmur or other life-threatening birth defect? Did you take antidepressants while pregnant? If so, contact us today – you may have a claim.
What is a Heart Murmur?
In a healthy individual, the heart beat makes two sounds: lub and dub. Lub is the first sound and dub is the second sound. These sounds follow each other and are not separated by extra sounds. A heart murmur is a swishing or a whistling sound that is usually indicative of a heart valve problem. There are two common varieties of heart murmurs:
- Diastolic Murmur – occurs after the second heart sound, when the heart muscle relaxes between beats.
- Systolic Murmur – occurs between the first and second heart sounds.
Can antidepressants cause heart murmurs?
Sadly, in certain cases the answer seems to be yes. Research has shown that women who took antidepressants during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with a heart murmur or other serious birth defect. If you or a loved one were prescribed one of the antidepressant medications below while pregnant and had a child born with a heart murmur, please contact us today.
Popular drugs linked to heart murmurs
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of heart murmurs in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy:
- Paxil (Paroxetine)
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Heart Murmur Symptoms
In some cases, children born with a heart murmur may not have any noticeable signs or symptoms. Other babies, however, do have telltale symptoms that may include (but are not limited to): chest pain, excessive sweating, fast breathing, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting and fatigue.
Do I have an antidepressant drug birth defects Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug & Products 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 heart murmur cases in all 50 states.