Effexor Dangerous Drug Lawsuits

Effexor (venlafaxine) is a popular treatment for anxiety disorders and depression, and is also used off-label to treat migraines, diabetic neuropathy, and menopausal hot flashes. Unfortunately, Effexor has been linked to a number of serious birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

Effexor is a member of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) class of antidepressants, and is manufactured by Wyeth (a Pfizer subsidiary). Estimates show that more than 17 million prescriptions for Effexor have been written to date. Just the extended release version of this medication, Effexor XR, has sold more than 2.7 billion dollars.

Effexor birth defects may include PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns), septal heart defects, clubfoot, and bone and intestinal abnormalities such as omphalocele.

In a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it has been suggested that there is a link between a number of serious cardiac birth defects and SSRIs taken during pregnancy. This study found that babies whose mothers took an antidepressant during pregnancy were twice as likely to be born with a heart defect known as left outflow defect. This birth defect causes restricted blood flow from the left chamber of the heart to the rest of an infant’s body and often requires surgery.

It was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006 that babies whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely to be born with PPHN, a birth defect that normally affects two infants in every 1,000. In 2007, the same journal reported that women who took antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely to have a child with a cranial or intestinal birth defect.

Contact an Effexor Lawyer

If you used Effexor during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, you may not have been adequately warned of the risk of having a child with a birth defect after taking an antidepressant during pregnancy. While there is currently no Effexor class action lawsuit in progress, you may be entitled to collect substantial compensation in an individual dangerous drug lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options in a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our experienced product liability lawyers.

Dec. 21, 2011 | Tags: Drugs

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