Women who took Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa or Depakote during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a congenital defect may have a legal claim against the drug’s manufacturer. Filing a birth defect lawsuit may help you obtain compensation for medical bills, your child’s pain and suffering, and more.
If your child was born with any of the birth defects listed below, submit your information now using the form on this page for a free case evaluation to see if you qualify:
- Spina bifida
- Craniosynostosis (skull defect or head malformation)
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Club foot
- Heart damage
- Heart defect
- Internal malformation such as omphalocele
- PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension)
- Lung defect
Antidepressant Birth Defects
Studies show that selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, and Celexa significantly increase the risk of birth defects when taken within the first trimester of pregnancy. These risks are also extended to other antidepressants such as Effexor, a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).
Unfortunately, these risks were not passed on to consumers, according to numerous SSRI lawsuits and class action lawsuits that accuse drug makers of negligently marketing, manufacturing, and selling these drugs to women.
Some key study findings used in SSRI birth defect lawsuits include:
- A 2005 Danish study that found infants are 60 percent more likely to develop heart problems if the mother took antidepressants during the first trimester.
- A 2006 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that found that infants born to mothers who took SSRI drugs after the 20th week of pregnancy were 6 times more likely to have PPHN.
- A 2007 study published in NEJM found SSRI pregnancy use was linked to a higher risk of the brain and skull defects anencephaly and craniosynostosis, and omphalocele — a birth defect in which the infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the belly button.
- A 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal found that using more than one type of antidepressant during the first trimester resulted in a four-fold increased risk of septal heart defects.
Other SSRI birth defect studies have yielded similar findings.
Depakote Birth Defects
Depakote birth defects are also a concern. Women who are prescribed Depakote to treat seizures or bipolar mood swings are more likely to have children with congenital defects than women who take other epilepsy drugs or no medication at all, according to a study published in the June 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers found that six Depakote birth defects were more common among women who took valproic acid during the first trimester than women who did not take antiseizure medication:
- Spina bifida
- Atrial septal defect (a hole in the heart)
- Celft palate
- Hypospadias (a urethra malformation in boys)
- Polydactyly (extra fingers or toes)
- Craniosynostosis (skull malfromation)
Birth Defect Lawsuits & Class Action Lawsuits
Congenital defects can require multiple surgeries and other expensive medical care that places a financial burden on the child’s family. Many parents have successfully sued drug manufacturers for failing to warn about these risks. These SSRI birth defect lawsuit settlements have provided compensation for medical expenses and other damages resulting from these drug companies’ negligence.
If you took Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa or Depakote while pregnant and your child was born with a birth defect such as spina bifida, craniosynostosis, cleft lip, cleft palate, club foot, heart damage, PPHN, or malformations of the skull or intestines, you may have a legal claim.
A birth defect lawyer can help you get the compensation your child may be owed. Obtain a free case evaluation with one by filling out the form on this page. Submit your information now for a confidential and no-obligation review.
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Join a Free Birth Defect Lawsuit Investigation
If you qualify, an attorney will contact you to discuss the details of your potential case at no charge to you.
In general, SSRI birth defect lawsuits are filed individually by each plaintiff and are not class actions. After you fill out the form, the attorneys who work with Top Class Actions will contact you if you qualify to let you know if an individual lawsuit or class action lawsuit is best for you.
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