Antidepressants that may Cause Birth Defects

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine, among numerous other studies, links serious birth defects to antidepressant drugs.  When women use Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy, there is a chance that their babies will be born with serious and life-threatening birth defects.

Evidence indicates that certain SSRI antidepressants cause an increased risk of birth defect s when used by pregnant women.  Among the most common birth defects caused by antidepressants is PPHN, a serious respiratory disorder which is potentially fatal.  Other serious and sometimes life-threatening birth defects that may affect babies born to mothers who used SSRIs during pregnancy include:

  • Limb defects
  • Cardiac (heart) defects
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Anal atresia
  • Neural tube defects
  • Clubfoot
  • Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
  • Infant omphalocele (abdominal wall defects)

SSRI antidepressants that may cause birth defects include:

  • Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) manufactured by Pfizer
  • Celexa (citalopram) manufactured by Forest Labs
  • Prozac (fluoxetine) manufactured by Eli Lilly
  • Effexor (venlafaxine) manufactured by Wyeth
  • Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) manufactured by Wyeth
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) manufactured by Forest Labs

The FDA has advised doctors to investigate safer alternatives to SSRIs when prescribing antidepressants to pregnant women or women of childbearing age.  Product liability attorneys are currently investigating potential antidepressant birth defect lawsuits.

Contact an Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawyer

If you took antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a baby with a birth defect, a product liability attorney may be able to help you recover significant compensation.  Contact a lawyer who practices dangerous drug litigation for a free review of your claim.

May 4, 2011 | Tags: Celexa, Dangerous Drugs, Lexapro, Zoloft

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