Zoloft is an SSRI drug commonly used to treat depression. It has been linked to several congenital malformations in babies whose mothers took the medication while pregnant. Multiple studies have shown that using the drug during the first stages of pregnancy can have a negative effect on fetal development. As a baby’s organs are being formed, a number of serious Zoloft birth defects can occur.
These antidepressant drugs carry with them a number of different serious side effects for the unborn infant associated with them including the increase risk of premature birth, breathing problems, gastrointestinal side effects and motor problems. The exact nature and amount of risk for a child developing Zoloft birth defects is currently unknown, however the risk of developing complications has been reported in numerous cases in babies following use of these medications by the mother at some point during the pregnancy.
Zoloft Birth Defects Include:
• PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension)
• Abdominal Birth Defects
• Heart Birth Defects
• Cranial Birth Defects
In 2004 the Food and Drug Administration released an announcement for women who were pregnant or could become pregnant regarding taking certain antidepressant drugs in the late third trimester of pregnancy. The warning stated that doctors may want to gradually taper pregnant women off antidepressant medications in the third trimester so that the baby is not adversely affected.
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert regarding the increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) which is a serious and life-threatening lung condition that occurs soon after birth. The alert covered Zoloft along with other SSRI antidepressant drugs. The label for SSRI medications was also updated to include additional warnings regarding a study suggesting that exposure to the medication in the first trimester of pregnancy may be linked with an increased risk of Zoloft birth defects involving cardiac problems.
There are many serious Zoloft birth defects that can influence a baby’s quality of life years after birth. It’s common for some congenital malformations, especially those that affect the heart, to cause health issues throughout adulthood. Some can even become fatal. If your infant is suffering from problems due to prenatal use of the drug, you may have the right to file a claim for compensation.
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If your child has suffered from Zoloft birth defects complications please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. We are currently investigating cases for families involving a birth defect that occurred after using this antidepressant drug. For the latest news and updates and information on filing Zoloft lawsuit claims please call or e-mail us today. We are currently filing individual cases for families throughout the United States and no national Zoloft class action lawsuit covering all claims has been filed.
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