Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorneys

Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorneys

In recent years, the correlation between antidepressants taken during pregnancy and the risk of certain serious birth defects has become increasingly apparent.  In addition to potentially causing developmental delays in children, antidepressants have been linked to such serious birth defects as:

  • Atrial and Ventricular Septal Heart Defects
  • Omphalocele Abdominal Birth Defects
  • PPHN
  • Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip
  • Club Foot
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Skull Defects
  • Gastroschisis
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Alertness problems
  • Sleep disturbances

In many cases, expecting mothers were not adequately warned of the risks they presented to their unborn children by taking these dangerous drugs.  Included in the list of antidepressants that may lead to birth defects are:

  • Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • Paxil (Paroxetine)
  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
  • Celexa (Citalopram)
  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)
  • Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

If you used antidepressants while you were pregnant and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, the birth defect may have been caused by the antidepressants.  Our antidepressant birth defect lawsuit attorneys are currently accepting antidepressant birth defect cases, and may be able to help you pursue significant compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit.

Contact us today to discuss your antidepressant birth defect claim with a qualified attorney. We offer:

  • Free, no obligation consultations with an antidepressant birth defect attorney
  • No legal fees unless your case is won
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits

Antidepressants and Atrial and Ventricular Septal Heart Defects

In July 2006, the FDA issued a warning that linked the potential for serious heart defects in babies whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy.  According to scientific evidence, mothers who use antidepressants during pregnancy are at least twice as likely to have babies born with severe congenital heart defects.  Among the most severe of these cardiac birth defects associated with antidepressants are atrial and ventricular septal heart defects, which are holes in the walls that separate the chambers of the heart.

Atrial and ventricular septal heart defects can lead to the following severe consequences:

  • Heart failure
  • Damage to the lungs
  • Bacterial infections of the heart
  • Leaking heart valves
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Delayed development and growth
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Death

In some cases, atrial and ventricular septal heart defects can mend themselves, but many babies born with these holes in their hearts require surgery and special medications in order to save their lives.

Antidepressants and Omphalocele

In addition to severe cardiac defects, antidepressants taken during pregnancy have been linked to omphalocele, a birth defect where a baby is born with his or her abdominal organs protruding outside the body.  This happens when the baby’s abdominal muscles to not properly close during development, and this condition requires immediate surgery to prevent intestinal infections and death of intestinal tissue.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers concluded that babies whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy are 2.8 times more likely to be born with omphalocele birth defects.  Scientific studies also report that 25-40% of babies born with omphalocele suffer from additional birth defects, including heart defects, that may also be linked to antidepressants.

Antidepressants and PPHN

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN) is a severe respiratory birth defect that occurs when the blood vessels that lead to the lungs fail to expand properly after birth, leading to insufficient blood flow to the lungs.  A New England Journal of Medicine study concluded that babies whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy are 6 times more likely to be born with PPHN than babies who are not exposed to these sometimes dangerous drugs.  Symptoms of PPHN include:

  • Severe respiratory distress
  • Bluish color to the skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Rapid breathing

PPHN treatment requires that the affected baby is connected to a ventilator providing 100% oxygen, helping the lungs to open properly.  In severe cases, a baby with PPHN will be connected to a machine that adds oxygen to the blood while removing carbon dioxide.  Serious consequences of PPHN include:

  • Heart failure
  • Shock
  • Organ damage
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Death

Contact an Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorney

The majority of antidepressant birth defects occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women may not yet be aware that they are pregnant.  For this reason, doctors are urged to exercise extreme caution when prescribing antidepressants to women of childbearing age.

At the Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC, our lawyers are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for families affected by antidepressant birth defects. If you took antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, you may be able to file a dangerous drug lawsuit for substantial compensation.  Contact an antidepressant birth defect lawsuit attorney today for a free review of your claim and a discussion of the legal options available to you.