SSRI 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.