Birth Defects Linked to Zoloft
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Birth defects linked to Zoloft use during pregnancy have devastated parents and families. Many of them were not told about research connecting Zoloft and birth defects. If this has happened to your family, you need to know that you have options. Asserting your child’s legal rights may put your family on the path to the best possible future.
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Generic: Sertraline hydrochloride
Approved to treat:Major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Drug category: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
Year approved: 1991
Studies have found that if you take anti-depressants like Zoloft during or before pregnancy, your baby is at an increased risk of being born with a number of serious, potentially fatal birth defects. Some parents are finding that their children face life-long complications due to a drug they were told was safe. Why weren’t you warned?
You need to seek justice for your baby.
Studies Reveal Staggering Risks
Studies published in reputable publications have documented a connection between anti-depressants of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class – like Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac – and birth defects that include:
Septal heart defects — The British Medical Journal found SSRI anti-depressants carried twice the risk of this defect, in which a baby is born with a hole in the tissue that separates the chambers of the heart.
Anencephaly — This tragic and fatal defect, in which portions of the skull and/or brain are missing at birth, is 2.4x more common in children born to mothers who took an SSRI, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Omphalocele — SSRIs are linked to a 2.8x increased risk of this birth defect, in which one or more of the abdominal organs are outside the body at birth, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Other heart defects — According to the British Medical Journal, SSRIs carry twice the risk of congenital heart defects overall when taken during pregnancy. Common heart defects include:
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Pulmonary atresia
- Transposition of the great vessels
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN)
The New England Journal of Medicine found that children born to women who took Zoloft specifically during pregnancy faced the following increased risks when compared to those who did not take an SSRI anti-depressant:
- Anal atresia — 4.4x increased risk. Anal atresia is a defect of the bowel in which the anus is either not present or is located in the wrong place. Surgery is the only treatment.
- Limb reductions — 3.9x increased risk. This is a defect in which all or a portion of one or more of the child’s limbs does not develop properly and is missing or deformed.
- Club foot — 2.4x increased risk. A child with a club foot has one foot that is bent in the wrong direction, limiting the ability to walk.
As if these malformations are not enough, reports indicate that Zoloft may also be linked to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder.
The research is considerable. Even if you stop taking an anti-depressant once you learn you are pregnant, your baby can still be affected.
If your baby was born with a defect caused by Zoloft or another anti-depressant, nothing can undo what has happened to your child. But you can still demand accountability from the company that made the drug.
The companies that sell SSRIs collect enormous profits by selling the drugs to people like you. When the drugs cause harm, the company responsible for the drug needs to be held accountable.
What Can You Do?
An attorney can file a claim on your behalf seeking compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. Compensation may be available to cover past and future medical expenses your family has incurred. You may also be compensated for your pain and suffering. This may help you to provide what is best for your child and your family.
Contact us today to seek justice for your baby. In a free consultation, one of our attorneys will listen to your story and tell you how we can help. Our attorneys are experienced, determined and compassionate.
There is no obligation. Time may be limited to file a claim, however, so don’t delay.
News regarding Zoloft Birth Defects
- Lab-Grown Intestines Could Help Children with Gastrointestinal Birth Defects Posted on: August 15, 2013
- Birth Defects: The Leading Cause of Infant Death Posted on: January 30, 2013
- To Prevent Birth Defects, Women Need to Known the Truth About Meds Posted on: January 15, 2013
- Zoloft at the Heart of Birth Defect Litigation Posted on: March 5, 2012