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Antidepressant Birth Defects

Antidepressant Birth Defect Cases Nationwide

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Drugs

Many physicians prescribe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of various symptoms, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

What antidepressants are harmful to newborns?

It has become known that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been linked to birth defects. In many cases, the associated birth defects are catastrophic or even fatal.

Some of the antidepressant drugs that have proven to be dangerous to newborns include:

  • Paxil® (paroxetine)
  • Celexa® (citalopram)
  • Lexapro® (escitalopram)
  • Prozac® (fluoxetine)
  • Luvox® (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil® (paroxetine)
  • Symbyax® (olanzapine / fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft® (seratraline)

Any woman who has taken one of these antidepressants during pregnancy and given birth to a child with specific birth defects may be entitled to pursue legal action to obtain monetary compensation.

Take Legal Action with Help from Webster Vicknair MacLeod

If your child was born with a birth defect as the result of antidepressants, medical malpractice or another pharmaceutical error, you should schedule a free case evaluation with our antidepressant birth defects attorneys at Webster Vicknair MacLeod.

Contact Webster Vicknair MacLeod today for the legal guidance you both need and deserve.


What can happen if I take an SSRI while pregnant?

If you are pursuing a birth defect lawsuit, you should act quickly because you have a limited amount of time based on the statute of limitations. Failure to file a claim within the statute of limitations could restrict you from collecting the compensation that your family needs.

There are many birth defects that can result from taking an antidepressant while pregnant, including the following:

  • Heart murmurs
  • Club foot
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Tetralogy of fallot
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Ventricular septal defects

Treatment of antidepressant birth defects often requires multiple surgeries, which can place a great financial burden on the parents of the child. Some birth defects can be treated and resolved if diagnosed at an early age, but in other circumstances they may last the remainder of the individual's life.

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