Antidepressant Birth Injury Lawsuits

If you took an antidepressant medication during your pregnancy and your child is born with a heart defect, congenital abnormality, or other serious birth defect, you might qualify for financial compensation. To find out if you qualify to file an antidepressant birth defect lawsuit, please contact our birth injury lawyers today.

Depression Medicines Linked To Birth Defects

Certain medicines are known to cause birth defects when the mother takes them during her pregnancy. Each woman and each pregnancy are different and a discussion between the pregnant mother and her doctor is the best way to decide if and which antidepressant should be considered.

At one time, pregnancy hormones were thought to protect women from depression. Now it is known that is untrue. However, pregnancy does cause the release of numerous hormones. Pregnancy does not make depression worse, but it may lead to a wide array of emotions that make depression more difficult to cope with.

Some antidepressants that have been linked to birth defects include:

  • Celexa
  • Fluoxetine
  • Lexapro
  • Luvox
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Sarafem
  • Zoloft
  • Amitriptyline
  • Pamelor
  • Nardil
  • Parnate
  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor
  • Pristiq

Types of Birth Defects Caused by Antidepressants

Depending upon when and which medication is taken during pregnancy, the newborn is at risk for numerous birth defects. These defects can include:

  • Septal heart defects (defects in the membrane or wall separating the chambers of the heart)
  • Anencephaly (a fatal defect that causes part of the brain and skull to be missing)
  • Craniosynostosis (the joints of the skull close too early during development causing the head to be irregularly shaped; the condition causes increased pressure within the skull leading to brain damage)
  • Omphalocele (a birth defect that causes some of the intestine to jut though the abdominal wall)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN.) This occurs when the lungs don't assume their proper function of oxygenating the blood, resulting in too little oxygen reaching the body's tissues and organs)
  • Malformations of the limbs
  • Problems breathing
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Excessive crying

Long-Term Complications of Birth Defects

  • Atrial-septal heart defects (if they don't repair themselves) can lead to right heart chamber enlargement, blood leaking backwards in the valve between the right heart chambers, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and atrial fibrillation.
  • Craniosynostosis (if not properly treated or cannot be properly treated by surgery) keeps the brain from growing normally. The result is facial deformities and developmental delays.
  • Omphalocele occurs when the muscles of the fetal abdominal wall don't form correctly. It results in the stomach, liver, and intestine protruding on the outside of the fetus's body through the umbilical cord. This may be repaired surgically, but can result in lifelong problems such as difficulty breathing and eating.
  • PPHN requires intensive monitoring and treatment. Even if treatment is swift, PPHN's resulting defects can include shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure, multiple organ damage and death. Long-term effects can include chronic lung disease, breathing difficulties, seizure disorders, delayed development, hearing loss and neurological problems.
  • Malformation of the limbs can be permanent.

The cost of treatment and care for affected babies can be expensive. Our antidepressant birth defect lawyers are advocates for infants and families who are affected by medicines and would like the opportunity to help you recover the financial compensation you need to ensure your child receives the best available care.

To schedule a private discussion of your antidepressant birth defect claim, please contract us today.

Side Effects

Certain antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in babies whose mothers take them while pregnant.

Antidepressants that may be dangerous to developing fetuses include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Prozac®
  • Paxil®
  • Celexa®
  • Effexor®
  • Lexapro®
  • Luvox®
  • Prostig®
  • Zoloft®
  • Sarafem®

Types of Birth Defects

  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Heart defects
  • Brain and spinal cord defects
  • Abdominal defects
  • Limb defects
  • Congenital abnormalities