SSRI Advisory: Antidepressants In Pregnancy Linked To Birth Defects

A link between newborns with birth defects and certain antidepressants has many expectant mothers concerned about the safety of their babies. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were considered safer and more effective than other drugs for treating depression; however, a new study shows certain antidepressants may cause birth defects in newborns.

If you took an SSRI during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, get in touch with a Toledo birth injury lawyer at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., today. We will protect the rights of you and your loved ones and help you obtain justice for your damages. Call 419-408-9431 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Potential dangers of SSRI use during pregnancy

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a kind of antidepressant. They are used to treat anxiety, depression and personality disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in 2005 about certain antidepressants being linked to birth defects, including pulmonary stenosis and a fatal lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns. Mayo Clinic reports that SSRIs may be linked to other serious conditions, including:

  • Omphalocele, which is a defect that causes the baby's intestines to protrude from the belly button
  • Craniosynostosis, which is a birth complication involving sutures in newborns' heads closing prematurely
  • Anencephaly, which is incomplete skull and brain formation

There may also be a connection SSRIs and miscarriage and, low birth weight.

Types of SSRIs that could cause birth defects

If you have taken SSRIs during pregnancy, your baby could be at risk for a birth defect. Heart problems, surgery and a diminished quality of life could result. At Elk & Elk, we are investigating birth defects caused by the following SSRIs:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Nefazodone (Serzone)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft), Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Protecting injury victims and their families

If your child suffered a birth defect as a result of taking an SSRI, the lawyers at Elk & Elk have the resources, experience and dedication to handle birth defect cases. Our lawyers have over five decades of experience helping families to give their babies the best chance at living a normal life with a birth defect.

Our experienced team of lawyers, investigators, nurses and other health care providers will study every angle of your case for evidence that will help prove the merits of your claim.

Call Elk & Elk at 1-800-ELK-OHIO to schedule a free consultation

To speak with a Toledo birth injury attorney at Elk & Elk, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO. Be sure to ask us about our no fee promise.

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