Birth Defects

Pregnancy is a delicate matter. Mothers must always take care of their health, as another human being is growing inside their womb. This means that they must look at everything with due caution – the food they eat, the beverages they drink, the environment that they live in, and the drugs to which they have been prescribed.

Most antidepressants that doctors commonly prescribe belong to a class of drugs called “selective serotonin uptake inhibitors,” which are commonly referred to as SSRIs. Prominent examples include Prozac and Zoloft. There are several lawsuits against these manufacturers for birth defects caused by these medications. Some of the common ailments seen in these infants include:

  1. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

When babies are born, they must adapt to their environment, which includes learning how to breathe. PPHN is a condition wherein infants are unable to do so, which leads to serious organ damage and is often fatal. This condition primarily affects the respiratory system of newborns and is believed to occur when mothers who took an SSRI during their second trimester.

  1. Heart Defects and Respiratory Distress

The heart is one of the earliest organ to develop. Anything that may cause harm during the first trimester will also affect the heart.

SSRIs have been found to cause the formation of holes in the heart of a fetus. The result is a compromised circulatory system, which means that oxygen and other vital life nutrients will not be distributed throughout the baby’s body.

The baby may also experience any of the following: neonatal adaptation syndrome, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and neonatal withdrawal syndrome. All of these are associated with respiratory system malfunctioning. This affects all babies, especially the ones born prematurely. Unfortunately, these conditions can be fatal.

  1. Anencephaly

This refers to the condition wherein the skull or the brain has developed correctly. This usually occurs when mothers have taken an SSRI one month before conception and/or during pregnancy. Sadly, the result is often a stillborn baby.

  1. Cleft/Lip Palate

This condition when gaps form in the lips or the palate. Both can cause difficulty speaking, being fed, and even breathing. Symptoms frequently co-occur, including severe ear infections. Research shows that if an SSRI has been ingested at any time between conception and delivery, these clefts are likely to happen.

Have You Suffered from Birth Defects as a Result of Antidepressants?

If you are a victim of these birth defects or know someone who is, it is time to file a lawsuit and seek legal compensation from the dangerous drug manufacturers. Call our lawyers toll free today and they will give you a free consultation. You can contact Clear Injury at (888) 260-9494. If we determine that you are in fact qualified to file a case, be sure to take action quickly so that you will receive the most compensation.