Representing families of a child who developed Zoloft birth defects after taking this antidepressant medication while pregnant and helping families in filing Zoloft lawsuit 2011 claims. Currently claims are being filed individually and no national Zoloft class action lawsuit has been organized.
Through medical studies and increased public awareness women and their families have become more informed about the antidepressant drug Zoloft which has been widely prescribed to help treat depression. The association with using this drug and serious Zoloft birth defects problems has resulted in an increasing number of Zoloft lawsuit claims being filed by families with an affected child. Many women of childbearing age have taken antidepressant medications in the same class as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and others which are also referred to as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
These SSRI drugs, which also include Paxil, and Prozac, have various serious side effects that can affect the fetus linked with them including the increased risk of premature birth, breathing problems, gastrointestinal complications and motor problems. The precise amount of risk of Zoloft birth defects is currently unknown, however the development of birth defects has been found in infants following the mother’s use of these antidepressant drugs during her pregnancy. Women taking these types of drugs during their pregnancy can potentially expose their unborn child to the medication while in the womb leading to the development of Zoloft birth defects.
Zoloft Birth Defects Complications Include:
• PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension)
• Abdominal Birth Defects (omphalocele)
• Heart Birth Defects
• Cranial Birth Defects (craniosynostosis)
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration warned potential mothers regarding taking certain types of antidepressant medication during the late third trimester of pregnancy. The alert also outlined that physicians may want to gradually taper women that are pregnant off SSRI drugs in the third trimester to help prevent the child from being exposed to the medication while in the womb and potentially developing birth defects.
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration released a public warning for the increased risk of a child developing persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) which is a potentially life-threatening condition affecting the lungs that occurs shortly after birth. The FDA warning covered SSRI drugs such as Zoloft along with other antidepressant drugs including Paxil and Prozac. The antidepressant labels were also changed to include additional information and stronger warnings in light of a study that suggested exposure to the medication in the first trimester of pregnancy may be linked with a higher risk of Zoloft birth defects involving cardiac problems. Antidepressant side effects and birth defects continue to be studied and analyzed.
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