Antidepressant Omphalocele Birth Defect Lawyers

Information that certain antidepressants may cause birth defects has been officially emerging since September 2005, and numerous studies have confirmed this link since then.  One birth defect that is linked with antidepressants is infant omphalocele, a serious condition in which a baby is born with his or her organs outside the body through a hole near the umbilical cord.  This serious congenital birth defect often requires multiple surgeries to remedy and causes great distress to affected infants and their families.

If your child was born with an omphalocele after his mother used antidepressants during pregnancy, you may be able to pursue significant compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit.  A personal injury lawyer from our team who is experienced in this type of litigation can help you to explore your legal options.

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What is Omphalocele?

An omphalocele is a congenital birth defect in which an infant’s abdominal organs protrude outside of the body through an opening in the navel (belly button) area.  When this happens, the intestines and other abdominal organs are only covered by a thin layer of protective tissue and are clearly visible outside the abdominal wall.  This occurs when the infant’s abdominal muscles do not close properly during development.

In many cases, omphalocele can be diagnosed before the baby is born using ultrasound equipment.  Surgery to correct omphalocele is performed immediately after birth, and complete recover is the expectation after this operation.  While the exact cause of omphalocele is still unknown, many studies have linked this congenital birth defect to antidepressants taken by the mother during pregnancy. 

Estimates show that 25-40% of infants born with an omphalocele suffer from additional birth defects, especially cardiac (heart) birth defects, which may also be attributed to antidepressants taken during pregnancy.  Additionally, some children with an omphalocele can also suffer from intestinal infections and/or death of intestinal tissue.


Antidepressants and Omphalocele

In a New England Journal of Medicine study, researchers found that omphalocele is 2.8 times more common in babies whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy.  The following are antidepressants that have been linked with omphalocele birth defects when taken by pregnant women:

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
  • Paxil (Paroxetine)
  • Celexa (Citalopram)
  • Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • Symbyax (Fluoxetine and Olanzapine)
  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

In addition to omphalocele, studies have linked a number of birth defects to the use of antidepressants during pregnancy.  Defects such as atrial and ventricular septal defects, PPHN, club foot, cleft lip and cleft palate, pulmonary atresia, heart murmur, skull defects, gastroschisis, and esophageal stenosis have all been connected with the use of antidepressants during pregnancy. 

The risk of antidepressant birth defects is especially high during the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women may not know they are pregnant.  Doctors are urged by the FDA to consider safer alternatives when prescribing antidepressants and other dangerous drugs to women of childbearing age.


Contact an Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawyer

In many cases, women who use antidepressants during pregnancy are not adequately warned of the risks prescription drugs may be posing to their developing babies.  As a result, a number of families are pursuing compensation in dangerous drug personal injury lawsuits after their child was born with omphalocele when the mother used antidepressants during pregnancy.  If you gave birth to a child with an omphalocele or another congenital birth defect after using antidepressants during pregnancy, you may be entitled to significant compensation.  Contact a product liability attorney at our firm today for a candid discussion of your legal options at no cost to you.


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