Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants

Missouri Personal Injury Safety Information

Recent studies have linked several birth defects to antidepressants prescribed to pregnant mothers.  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor drugs, or SSRI drugs, and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, or SNRI drugs, have both been linked to unfortunate birth defects.  These drugs, which are usually prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and several types of disorders including personality disorders, are often prescribed to pregnant mothers experiencing these symptoms.  As a mother suffering from depression or related symptoms, it is hard to imagine facing nine months of pregnancy without medication that corrects these symptoms.  While health care providers may urge you to continue taking these medications while pregnant and breast feeding, alternate treatment options should be discussed as these drugs show a direct correlation to birth defects and developmental problems when taken by a pregnant or breast feeding mother.

Antidepressants linked to Birth Defects

Among the antidepressants that have been known to cause birth defects are: Paxil, Effexor, Xanax, Zoloft, Pristiq, Celexa, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Lexapro and Cymbalta.  If you were prescribed one of these medications while pregnant or breastfeeding and your child suffered birth defects or developmental issues, you are entitled to compensation.

Birth Defects linked to Antidepressants

Numerous birth defects are linked to taking antidepressants while pregnant.  They include, but are not limited to: Neural tube defects, PPHN, heart defects, rapid heart rate, hypoplasia, difficulty breathing, septal defects, RV tract obstruction, craniosynostosis, cleft foot, cleft palate, bluish skin, heart murmurs, genital malformations, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, lung defects, limb malformations, cranial defects, omphalocele, anencephaly, clubbed foot, and low blood oxygen levels.

If you or a loved one has sustained a birth defect or developmental problem and suspect that it may have been caused by the use of pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, call a pharmaceutical birth defect lawyer immediately at 314.409.7060.  A pharmaceutical birth defects attorney, such as Chris Dixon, specializes in defective pharmaceutical litigation and also in drug side effect lawsuits.  He can help to reach justice and get you the compensation you deserve.

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