Prozac, a widely-prescribed antidepressant medication, has been linked to life-threatening birth defects. When taken by pregnant women, Prozac may cause congenital heart, lung and cranial abnormalities in their unborn babies.
What is Prozac?
Prozac (generic: fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. The drug works by blocking the absorption of serotonin in the brain, which helps brains cells transmit messages more efficiently. Prozac is made by Eli Lilly & Co., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987.
Prozac Birth Defects
Studies have found that pregnant women who take Prozac or other similar antidepressants – especially during the 1st trimester – may be at an increased risk of having a child with a birth defect. Conditions that may be associated with Prozac include:
- 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
Has a Prozac Class Action Been Filed?
To date, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of families whose children were born with birth defects after the mother took Prozac in pregnancy. These cases are currently being filed individually, and no nationwide Prozac class action lawsuit has been filed.