SSRI Anti-Depressant Birth Defects

SSRI Birth Defect Attorneys

What are SSRIs and What Birth Defects Can They Cause?

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRI’s for short, are a class of drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social phobia.  These drugs include:

  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Symbyax (olanzepine/fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)

Since 2005, reports have shown that women taking certain antidepressants during pregnancy may be at risk for delivering newborns with SSRI birth defects. In one Danish study, women who took certain antidepressants during pregnancy had a 60% higher chance of delivering children with SSRI heart defects, compared to those who did not take SSRIs while pregnant. SSRI birth defects are not limited to cardiac problems, however, as skull and abdominal problems have also been reported.  In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that one study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.

Studies have linked SSRI use with the following birth defects:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Omphalocele
  • Spina bifida
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Heart defects and holes in the heart
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Club foot
  • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
  • Atrial septal defects (ASD)

What Types of Damages Are Potentially Available Under The Law?

Each case is different. At Jones Ward PLC, your case will receive the individual attention that it deserves. Our attorneys will visit you at home, or in another comfortable location where you can share details about your child’s injuries. Some of these details may include:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of potential earnings due to physical limitations
  • Punitive damages

If you or someone you care about has suffered the anguish of having a child born with birth defects after taking prescription drugs, you may need a drug injury lawyer.   Please feel free to contact attorney Jasper D. Ward at Jones Ward PLC if you have any questions. You can email him directly at Jasper@JonesWard.com, call at 1-888-595-2922, or email using the form on the website.