Did you know? Some babies born with a life-threatening congenital birth defect known as gastroschisis had mothers who took antidepressant drugs while pregnant. If your child was born with gastroschisis or any other birth defect, contact us today – we can help.
What is Gastroschisis?
Similar to an omphalocele, gastroschisis is a congenital (present at birth) defect in which a newborn’s intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side (usually the right side) of the umbilical cord. Gastroschisis is a type of hernia, and babies born with this condition have a hole in the abdominal wall. Unfortunately, babies born with gastroschisis will have problems with movement and absorption of the gut, because the unprotected intestine is exposed to irritating amniotic fluid.
Antidepressant Side Effects
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed nationwide on behalf of children suffering from birth defects like gastroschisis that may have resulted through the use of antidepressant drugs by their mothers while pregnant. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed to pregnant women to cope with depression and other personality disorders during this trying time in their life. If your baby was born with gastroschisis and you used an antidepressant drug while pregnant, you should immediately seek the advice of an experienced defective drug lawyer.
Antidepressant meds found to be dangerous
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of gastroschisis in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy:
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
Can the condition be repaired or treated?
Gastroschisis repair involves the return of the extra-abdominal bowel back into the abdominal cavity followed by abdominal wall closure. This can either be performed with an immediate primary gastroschisis repair, or more commonly, through a staged repair approach. The former technique involves reduction of the bowel and complete abdominal wall closure in one operation. The staged approach to gastroschisis repair begins at the time of delivery, with a silastic sheeting or ‘silo’ placed around the herniated bowel. The silo is then reduced daily until the abdominal contents are level with the skin.
Do I have a Gastroschisis 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 gastroschisis cases in all 50 states.