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SSRI Antidepressants and Pregnancy

For years now, we have been working with children and families suffering from terribly deforming and debilitation malformations.  All of these injuries were avoidable, resulting from the expecting mother innocently taking one of these pills during pregnancy.  Warnings should have been given.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most widely prescribed antidepressants.  

Which drugs are considered SSRI drugs?

  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Effexor (venlafaxine)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
  • Wellbutrin (bupropion)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)

Potential Injuries

The science surrounding the injuries that these drugs cause to the unborn child has evolved over the years. First, we thought it was limited to lung and heart injuries. But now we know that injuries include:

  • Anencephaly
  • Autism
  • Cerebal palsey
  • Chiari malformation
  • Club Foot
  • Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate
  • Craniosyostosis
  • Heart Defects, including
    • Atrial Septal Defects
    • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
    • Patent foraman ovale
    • Tetralogy of Fallot
    • Transposition of the Arteries & Bicuspid Aortic Valve
    • Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Hypospadias
  • Omephalaocele
  • Plagiocephaly
  • PPHN
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Spina bifida
  • Tethered spinal cord

What can be done?

Millions of young women have turned to prescription antidepressants such as those listed above.   Lacking adequate warnings from drug manufacturers, women have in the past, and unfortunately continue to this day, to take the drugs while they are pregnant, without being given adequate warning about the risks involved with taking these drugs during pregnancy.

Paxil has received the most attention regarding injuries relating to its use during pregnancy.  However, more and more information is being learned about all of the drugs in this class of medication and the effects they have on the fetus.

Each situation needs to be balanced on a patient by patient basis.  In fact, any medication taken during pregnancy, including SSRIs, should be taken only if needed and with careful consideration of all the risks.  Unfortunately, we don’t believe that all of the real risks have been disclosed to physicians and patients, making such a risk benefit analysis very difficult, if not impossible.

The injuries caused to these children are horrific and terribly life-altering.  Often times mothers feel an immense sense of guilt when they think that something they ingested during pregnancy may have caused these injuries.  This guilt, while understandable, is misplaced.  The guilt should be on those that did not properly study, and/or disclose the risks associated with their products when used by pregnant women.  There is no more innocent victim than an unborn fetus.  To allow these drugs to be taken, and further, to market these drugs to women that may become pregnant without disclosing the risk of harming the fetus is inexcusable.

If your child has been injured and you were taking one of these drugs during pregnancy, please let us try to help you, and hold responsible those that need to be held responsible.

If you took SSRI's during pregnancy and your child was born with autism, heart or lung defects or any malformation, please call us to discuss your rights. TorHoerman Law LLC stands up for people injured when drug manufacturers place profit over consumer protection. Contact us today for a free consultation on your legal claim.

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