DID YOU TAKE ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT? WAS YOUR CHILD BORN WITH AORTIC STENOSIS? IF SO, WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Aortic stenosis is a congenital birth defect where the heart’s aortic valve becomes obstructed, leading to a host of extremely serious heart conditions. The aortic valve guards the opening between the left ventricle and the aorta. It opens as the left ventricle begins to pump, allowing blood to eject out of the heart and into the aorta. When the ventricle has finished beating, the aortic valve closes to keep blood from washing back into the left ventricle. In aortic stenosis, the valve no longer opens completely, so the heart must work extra hard to eject blood. This extra stress on the heart can lead to cardiac arrest and even death.
Antidepressant use tied to Aortic Stenosis
Sadly, many antidepressants have been linked to increased birth defects like aortic stenosis in infants born to mothers who were prescribed the drugs during pregnancy. In 2005 and again in 2006, the FDA warned women who are pregnant or might get pregnant not to take certain antidepressants during pregnancy.
Meds to avoid if you are pregnant
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of aortic stenosis 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)
- Zofran (ondansetron)
Aortic Stenosis: Signs & Symptoms
Most newborns with this condition develop one or more of these symptoms shortly after birth:
- shortness of breath
- passing out
- chest pain
Thickening of the walls of the left ventricle causes it to become stiff and unable to relax between contractions. When this happens, the pressure in the left ventricle rises and blood can "back up" into the lungs, interfering with normal absorption of oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream. This may cause shortness of breath, which worsens as the left ventricle becomes increasingly impaired.
Do I have an Aortic Stenosis 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 aortic stenosis cases in all 50 states.