Lexapro Birth Defects
Lexapro is considered a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that some researchers associate with serious side effects. Lexapro birth defects including PPHN have been reported by women who used this antidepressant during their pregnancy.
In July 2006, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory on a birth defect found to be linked with SSRI antidepressant drugs by a study in the February 2006 New England Journal of Medicine that found a higher risk of a life-threatening lung disorder in infants exposed to SSRIs, stating:
“A recently published case-control study has shown that infants born to mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) after the 20th week of pregnancy were 6 times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.”
Potential Lexapro Birth Defects and SSRI Side Effects
• Cleft lip & clubfoot
• Congenital heart defects
• Septal defects
• Ventricular obstruction
• Conotruncal defects
Many women of childbearing age have used antidepressant medications which are also referred to as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs, which include Paxil, Effexor and Prozac, have different side effects for the unborn fetus associated with them including the increase risk of premature birth, breathing problems, gastrointestinal side effects and motor problems. The exact degree of risk of Lexapro birth defects is currently unknown; however the risk of complications has been reported in babies following use of these drugs. Women using Lexapro during their pregnancy can expose their baby to SSRIs while in the womb. If your baby has suffered from birth defects caused by Lexapro side effects please contact us for a free consultation and information on filing a Lexapro lawsuit.
Lexapro Birth Defects Lawsuit
If you or a family member took Lexapro during their pregnancy and your baby was born with a birth defect please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation regarding your legal rights including the latest information on Lexapro lawsuits.