Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension

The necessity of antidepressants

Antidepressants are commonly used to treat depression. Most people suffer from depression due to decreased quality of life and increased life stressors. It is estimated that almost 25% of the population has been prescribed an antidepressant at least one time in their lives.

Pregnant women also need antidepressants due to postpartum depression and uncontrolled mood swings. There are some pregnant women who suffer from excessive and uncontrolled anxieties during the course of their pregnancy; SSRIs are designed to help with these ailments as well.

SSRI for Depression

One of the most effective drugs for depression is the SSRI or the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. This type of antidepressant focuses on balancing the serotonin in the body. It acts by blocking the uptake of serotonin in the brain. Imbalance on the serotonin level in the body can cause depression.

What are the risks?

The risk of taking an SSRI is worse for pregnant women. Pregnant mothers can be at high risk of several congenital disorders and diseases that will put their child in danger. Recent studies show that women who are taking an SSRI are potential victims of persistent pulmonary hypertension.

What is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension or PPHN?

PPHN is a condition that affects both the lungs and the heart of the babies. Babies are more susceptible to this because there are several portions in their body that are not fully developed yet. This is a serious condition. It primarily affects a baby’s lungs, then their heart and brain, which can potentially be fatal.

If the newborn child survives PPHN, the child will face unfortunate lifetime problems like seizures, cerebral palsy, deafness and respiratory problems.

Warning from the FDA regarding the Risk of having PPHN on SSRI

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already taken an action to this problem. A public health advisory was launched in order to warn people regarding the PPHN effect of the antidepressant drug to pregnant women.

What should you do if this happens to you?

If in case this happens to your child or to any of your loved ones, you may be entitled to financial compensation!  Start by consulting with our lawyers for free by calling (888) 260-9494. You can find legal help and other things to help you get proper compensation regarding the issue. Manufacturers and doctors need to be held responsible!

An expert lawyer will answer your call and will take you through the entire process. They will help you with all the legal documents required and will be able to work on the process quickly and securely.