Lexapro May Lead to PPHN

In some cases, Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants taken during pregnancy can lead to PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns) birth defects. 

PPHN is a serious and sometimes life-threatening lung condition in newborns.  Symptoms of PPHN include

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Respiratory distress
  • Tachypnea (rapid breathing)
  • Cyanosis (blue tint to the baby’s skin)
  • Low oxygen levels
  • Heart murmur

In order to diagnose a baby with Lexapro PPNH, doctors can perform a number of tests, such as:

  • Serum electrolyte tests
  • Complete blood clout (CBC) to measure the oxygen carrying red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
  • Arterial blood gas (ABG) to measure how well oxygen is delivered throughout the body
  • Echocardiogram
  • Ultrasound of the head to detect bleeding on the brain

Treatment for PPHN varies, but will most likely include:

  • High-frequency oscillatory ventilation
  • Oxygen
  • Assisted breathing
  • Nitric oxide

Contact a Lexapro PPHN Lawyer

If you gave birth to a child with PPHN after taking Lexapro or another antidepressant during pregnancy, you may be entitled to collect compensation for medical bills and other damages in a dangerous medication lawsuit.  Contact a personal injury lawyer for a free Lexapro PPHN consultation and to learn about the next steps.

Sept. 28, 2011 | Tags: Birth Defects, Dangerous Drugs, Lexapro, PPHN

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