A recent study has confirmed previous research linking the antidepressant medications Prozac and Paxil to a potential risk for catastrophic heart birth defects in children whose mothers took the drugs during pregnancy. Both Paxil and Prozac are SSRI medications, which are designed to reduce symptoms of depression by preventing certain nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing serotonin. SSRIs are among the most commonly prescribed medications in America, used by millions of people nationwide.
Free Antidepressant Birth Defects Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with a serious 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’s the problem?
June 27, 2011 – The new research, which was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology medical journal, found that side effects of Prozac and Paxil use while pregnant may increase the risk of women giving birth to children with a variety of congenital heart defects.
The study observed 635,000 births occurring in Finland between 1996 and 2006, and found that approximately 31 out of every 10,000 women who took Paxil while pregnant gave birth to an infant with right ventricular outflow tract defects, more than four times the frequency of women from the general public who took no such medications during pregnancy. In Prozac users, nearly 105 children born out of every 10,000 had isolated ventricular septal defects (VSDs), which was more than double the rate from the control group of mothers who did not take Prozac while pregnant. Additionally, the research found that women who took any brand of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication during pregnancy more than doubled their risk of giving birth to a child with a neural tube defect. In addition to Paxil and Prozac, other drugs in the SSRI class include:
After analyzing the results of the data, the Finnish researchers who conducted the study recommended doctors avoid prescribing Paxil and Prozac to pregnant women unless other treatments to control their depression have failed. Both patients and doctors are strongly advised to weigh the risks vs. rewards of taking antidepressant medications prior to undergoing treatment.
Antidepressant Drug Birth Defects
Our lawyers are investigating antidepressant lawsuits for injured individuals and families for the following life-threatening birth defects that have been linked to the use of Paxil, Prozac and other antidepressants:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
Do I have an Antidepressant Drug Birth Defects Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in antidepressant drug side effects lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new birth defects cases in all 50 states.