SSRI Birth Defects
If you take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to manage depression, anxiety disorders, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is crucial that you consult your physician about any plans to become pregnant. Numerous studies have found a link between SSRI drugs and birth defects.
The most dangerous birth defect associated with this class of drugs is persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). This rare respiratory disorder inhibits a baby from properly breathing, causing oxygen deprivation. Approximately 10-20% of babies suffering from PPHN do not survive.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2007 indicating that women taking SSRI drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac during their third trimester are as much as six times more likely to have a baby born with PPHN than women who do not take these drugs.
SSRI drugs have also been linked to several heart birth defects in recent years. In 2005, the FDA issued a public health warning for Paxil due to the results of several studies indicating babies born to mothers taking Paxil during their first trimester experienced a 1-2 times greater risk of developing heart defects. Other studies conducted in recent years have demonstrated similar findings with Prozac and Zoloft.
If you have a baby who has developed a serious birth defect due to your taking an SSRI drug during pregnancy, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Currently, there are many pharmaceutical injury lawsuits pending against the manufacturers of these drugs due to birth defects caused by their consumption during pregnancy. An experienced defective drug attorney can help protect your rights so that you receive the compensation you deserve.