SSRI Birth Defects

SSRI Birth Defects
SSRI antidepressants linked to birth defects

SSRI antidepressants linked to birth defectsA selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) is used to treat various types of mood disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression

SSRIs work by boosting serotonin in the brain.  Low serotonin levels are linked to depression and anxiety, and a boost of serotonin has proven to be effective. 

Common SSRI's include:           

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Celexa
  • Lexapro

If you gave birth to a child with serious birth defects and used an SSRI during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact an SSRI birth defect lawyer right away to see if you have a claim.

Risks of Using an SSRI During Pregnancy

Studies have shown that infants who were exposed to an SSRI during the first trimester have a 60 percent higher risk of being born with a birth defect.  These defects include:

  • Heart defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cleft palate
  • Limb deformity
  • Pulmonary hypertension

The FDA has since advised expectant mothers and those trying to get pregnant to eliminate the use of anti-depressants altogether.

Contact a Tennessee SSRI Lawyer

At Greg Coleman Law, we feel that when a pharmaceutical company fails to adequately warn consumers of risks associated with their products, they should be held responsible.  If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with birth defects after taking an SSRI, contact our antidepressant birth injury lawyers as soon as possible for a free and confidential case evaluation.