Rely on an SSRI Antidepressant Attorney in Ohio to Protect Your Rights
Some mothers who gave birth to infants with serious birth defects had used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which are a class of antidepressants. SSRIs include well-known medications such as the following:
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Prozac and Sarafem (Fluoxetine)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Paxil (Paraoxetine)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
- Prisitq (Desvenlafaxine)
When expectant mothers used SSRIs, their infants had a risk of being born with condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The newborns also faced a greater risk of lung and heart problems compared to babies born to mothers who did not take SSRIs during pregnancy.
At the Smith Law Office, we understand how devastating a birth injury can be to a family. We know that it's not the fault of the pregnant mother who took an SSRI. The manufacturers and marketers of these drugs must be held accountable. Attorney Scott Elliot Smith fights hard to protect the rights of women who took SSRIs during pregnancy and gave birth to children with severe birth defects. Call 888-311-5297 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Examples of Serious Birth Defects Due to SSRIs
The following are some of the serious birth defects from SSRI ingestion during pregnancy:
- Club foot (one or both)
- Complete or partial closure of the anus (anal atresia)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn (PPHN)
- Serious heart defects
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (when infants suffer withdrawal from drug)
- Craniosyntosis (defect involving the baby's skull)
- Abdominal Wall Defect (Omphalocele)
- Pulmonary Atresia (a form of heart disease)
- Gastroschisis (stomach/intestine on outside of the body)
- Cleft Defects
- Encephalocele (neural tube defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of the brain)
- Limb reduction
- Hypospadias (birth defect of the urethra in the male)
- Delay in infant's motor development
SSRIs are not only used to treat symptoms of depression, but they are used to treat other mental conditions such as anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and other conditions.
Studies, including one in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, have found a link between SSRIs and birth defects, including PPHN. Studies also found that women taking SSRIs during the last three months of pregnancy were six times more likely to deliver babies born with PPHN than pregnant women who did not take the drugs during the same period.
For more information about SSRI studies, visit the following pages:
- Use of SSRIs in Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects
- Association between Reported Venlafaxine Use in Early Pregnancy and Birth Defects, National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2007
- First-trimester Use of SSRI and the Risk of Birth Defects
How an SSRI Birth Defect Lawyer Can Help
A free consultation is your first step on the road to recovery toward peace of mind - financially, emotionally and mentally. Call 888-311-5297 or contact us online. Scott Elliot Smith will aggressively seek justice for you. He works on a contingency fee basis. In other words, he doesn't collect a penny from you until he wins your case.