Antidepressant Birth Defects
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. The use of SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to babies born with birth defects that can be severe and even life threatening.
What should I know about the link between these drugs and birth defects?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that one study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.
What potential birth defects can occur?
Potential birth defects from SSRI usage can include:
- abdominal wall defect (omphalocele),
- atrial septal defect (ASD),
- cardiac defects,
- club foot,
- cranial skull defect (craniosynostosis),
- developmental delays,
- fetal death,
- gastroschisis (stomach/intestines outside of body),
- heart murmurs,
- hole in heart wall,
- hypoplastic left heart syndrome,
- hypoplastic right heart syndrome,
- oral cleft,
- persistent pulmonary hypertension,
- pulmonary atresia,
- renal defects,
- required heart surgery or transplant,
- spina bifida,
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- transposition of great arteries,
- tricuspid or mitral heart valve defect,
- Trilogy of Fallot,
- ventricular septal defect (VSD).
If your baby was born with a serious birth defect, you may need the help of an antidepressant birth defect lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us at (800) 852-6299 or fill out our free initial consultation form. We want to help.
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