SSRI Birth Defects
A 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
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:
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
- 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.