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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Among the most common anti-depressants prescribed are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro and Celexa. They are prescribed for depression, anxiety disorder and other ailments.

What patients are not told is that this class of medication is linked to severe and sometimes fatal birth defects in babies if taken by a mother immediately before or during pregnancy. Several studies over the years have shown a link between maternal use of SSRI anti-depressants and defects of the heart, spine, limbs and other body parts. The risk of some birth defects can more than double if an expecting mother takes anti-depressants.

Defects Can Be Deadly

Below is just a sample of some of the defects studies have linked to maternal use of SSRI anti-depressants during pregnancy:

  • Septal defects: These defects consist of a hole in the heart wall. Depending on the location, they are either atrial or ventricular septal defects. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, certain SSRI anti-depressants can double the risk of this defect. Surgery may be required.
  • Club foot: A child born with a club foot has one foot that is twisted out of position at a strange angle, requiring one or more surgeries and other treatments if the child is to walk properly. This risk more than doubles when certain SSRI anti-depressants are taken during pregnancy, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Anencephaly: Anencephaly is a horrific birth defect that leads to a child being born with portions of the skull or brain missing. There is no cure, and anencephaly is uniformly fatal. These babies never leave the hospital. Certain anti-depressants increase the risk of this defect by 2.4 times, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Cleft lip: This defect results in deformities to the child’s lip and face that may require surgery. It is one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. Certain anti-depressants during pregnancy triple the risk of a cleft lip, according to studies.

Get Justice For Your Baby

The companies that make these drugs have not warned expecting mothers that they are linked to birth defects in numerous studies. If you had a child with these or other birth defects, it may be simply because you took your medicine as prescribed.

The Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer wants to help you and your baby get justice. It won’t undo what happened, but it may get you compensation for treatments and for your suffering. Call us today at (888) WITZER-6.


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