What are SSRIs?
SSRIs are the most widely prescribed form of antidepressant drugs that can be administered to anyone suffering from depression or in select cases, certain other mental health related issues. This class of drugs as known as SSRI to abbreviate the term “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” These drugs act as a serotonin balancer. It is a drug that makes sure that the serotonin inside the body is in perfect balance. Once the serotonin levels normalize, the depression typically fades, or at least that’s what the medical professionals believe.
Most people face one form of depression or another at some point of their lives. Pregnant women suffer depression more often due to hormonal imbalances and other factors that are directly connected to their pregnancy. That is why pregnant women who are suffering from depression are facing a difficult situation. They need to find relief from their depression or their babies will be affected by their condition. However, taking antidepressants like an SSRI will also cause tremendous side effects can cause potential harm to their newborn babies.
Potential risks from using antidepressants during pregnancy
There are different side effects when a pregnant woman uses SSRI during pregnancy. There are cardio and respiratory problems and there are also physical deformities such as having a cleft lip. This side effect commonly occurs in babies. Studies have shown that babies born from mothers who took SSRIs are at increased risk for cleft lip. This may not directly affect the health of the child but it can affect their social and communication skills in the future.
What is a cleft lip?
A cleft lip is a physical deformity that usually develops before birth. This is a deformity of the lips in which a certain portion has not developed and creates a line or a large crack in the lips. Usually, the most visible aspect of this condition is a huge gap in the lip, where the teeth and gums are exposed. Mothers obviously would never want this to happen to their child.
Have you or a loved one suffered from cleft lip?
When this happens to you, you need to seek medical counsel in order to help correct the problem. If the cleft is small and manageable, surgery can correct it. However, some surgeries on that particular part may cost a great deal. You need financial assistance or support to push through with the operation. It is best that you should consult experts regarding this matter so that you will be given several options to resolve this problem. The doctors may also recommend several medical procedures to correct it.
You should also seek a legal advice so that you can seek the compensation you deserve. Cleft lip and other birth defects are very serious and life-altering issues, and if the antidepressant drug companies aren’t mentioning the possibility of such a condition on their labeling at the time the drugs were prescribed, there’s a very good chance you may be entitled to compensation regarding the injury that was caused to you or your child. The manufacturers MUST be held accountable in unfortunate situations like this. Otherwise, there is nothing stopping them from releasing dangerous drugs without proper warning labels in the future. Additionally, although uncommon and unlikely, the company may face legal charges if they have violated the rules and regulations that the FDA and the government has imposed regarding the manufacturing and distribution of the particular product. If the company is proven guilty of mislabeling or not disclosing a full and comprehensive list of side effects, they will certainly face monetary responsibility to the affected patients.
If this happened to you or your loved one and you do not have any idea on what to do with this problem, you can call Clear Injury toll free at (888) 260-9494. Here you will receive help from expert lawyers who have handled several personal injury cases such as cases pertaining to cleft lip in the past. They are educated and experienced when it comes to legal matters that pertain to medical issues, and you’ll never pay a dime until you get the compensation you deserve. We’re here to help. Call us today!