Birth Defects Linked to SSRI Antidepressants


Lawsuits continue to mount against Pfizer and the makers of other popular antidepressant drugs that belong to the class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), many of which have been linked to birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Some recent pharmaceutical injury lawsuits filed against Pfizer claim that the use of Zoloft caused fatal birth defects, and further allege that Pfizer knew for years the drug posed dangers to infants but failed to disclose the risk. Although numerous studies have connected Zoloft and other SSRIs to birth defects, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required stricter warnings for many of the antidepressants in recent years, those warnings have come too late for many parents.

Specific SSRI antidepressants linked to birth defects include:

These drugs are commonly prescribed for depression and social phobia, as well as anxiety, panic and post-traumatic stress disorders.

The use of SSRIs during pregnancy has been associated with a wide range of birth defects, many of them potentially fatal, including:

  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Heart defects
  • Brain defects
  • Skull deformities
  • Anencephaly
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Club foot
  • Spinal disorders

If you took an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, please contact us for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced product liability attorney near you.