Antidepressants, which are also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are used to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental disorders. Unfortunately, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of birth defects. If you or a loved one gave birth to a child with a birth defect and you were prescribed an SSRI during your pregnancy contact one of our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free and confidential consultation.
The antidepressants linked to birth defects include:
- Prozac® (fluoxetine)
- Zoloft® (sertraline)
- Lexapro® (escitalopram)
- Celexa® (citalopram)
- Paxil® (paroxetine)
- Luvox® (fluvoxamine)
- Symbyax® (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that children born to mothers taking antidepressants after their 20th week pregnancy are 6 times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). PPHN causes abnormal blood flow, and can lead to serious injury or death due to loss of oxygen.
If you think your child has suffered a birth defect, and you think it may be the result of an SSRI or antidepressant, please contact one of our experienced product liability lawyers today.