ANTIDEPRESSANTS LINKED TO TRICUSPID VALVE STENOSIS AND OTHER SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS IN NEWBORNS. THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED NATIONWIDE.
What is Tricuspid Valve Stenosis?
The term ‘tricuspid valve stenosis’ refers to a congenital birth defect in which there is a narrowing (stenosis) of the opening in the tricuspid valve located between the right atrium and the right ventricle of the heart. This causes increased resistance to blood flow through the valve, which decreases the amount of blood that can flow through it and raises the pressure in the right atrium, causing it to enlarge. It also causes the right ventricle to shrink, which lowers cardiac output.
Unfortunately, several popular antidepressant drugs have recently been linked to an increased risk of tricuspid valve stenosis and other extremely severe heart and lung birth defects. Have you or a loved one used any of the following antidepressant medications while pregnant?
Which medications have been linked to heart defects?
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of tricuspid valve 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)
Tricuspid Valve Stenosis: Signs & Symptoms
A child suffering from this condition may appear generally weak and fatigued. Certain affected children have palpitations and flutterings in their neck. Over time, there may be pain in the upper right abdomen due to increased congestion and enlargement of the liver. A heart murmur produced by blood trying to flow through a stenotic valve can be heard with a stethoscope, and an x ray of the chest will show the right atrium to be enlarged. Further support for this diagnosis is found on an echocardiogram of the heart, which will show an image of the stenotic valve and measure its severity.
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 tricuspid valve stenosis cases in all 50 states.