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SSRI (Antidepressants – Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro)

Potential Risks Associated with SSRIs:

The use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors called SSRIs has been linked to serious birth defects. These drugs have been used by physicians to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other phobias.

Women who took these drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy may have an increased risk of having their infants born with serious birth defects, especially heart defects. One study completed in 2005 indicated that some of these drugs like Paxil and Zoloft almost doubled the risk of birth defects of the heart in infants whose mothers took these drugs.

Drugs that are classified as SSRIS include:

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Celexa
  • Effecor
  • Sarafem
  • Symbyax
  • Wellbutrin
  • Cymbalta
  • Prozac
  • Luvox
  • Remeron
  • Lexapro
  • Cipralex

SSRI Side Effects

Mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy have reported the following birth defects:

  • Cardiac or heart defects
  • Cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Abdominal wall defect
  • Club foot (when both feet are turned inward) or other limb defects
  • Cranial skull defect
  • Hole in the heart wall
  • Renal defects
  • Closure of the anus
  • Lung defects
  • Facial defects
  • Brain and/or spinal cord defects such as spina bifida

Riddle & Brantley’s Bad Drug Lawyers:

The Dangerous Drug attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are currently evaluating claims made by mothers who used SSRIs during pregnancy and later gave birth to a child with a serious birth defect. If your baby was born with a birth defect after you took one of the SSRIs drug listed above, you should contact us at (800) 525-7111 for a free review of your claim or fill out the free case review form located at the top right hand corner of this page and your claim will be reviewed right away. IT is 100% free.

With more than 160 years combined legal experience, our knowledgeable team of lawyers can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your situation and help guide you through the entire claims process. We have various offices located throughout North Carolina, including:

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