The manufacturers of popular antidepressant drugs categorized as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) such as Zoloft and Paxil face an increasing number of lawsuits claiming the drugs caused birth defects when used by pregnant women.
A number of studies in recent years have linked SSRI antidepressants to birth defects when taken by pregnant women, particularly in the first trimester. Many recent lawsuits are also alleging that pharmaceutical manufacturers such as Pfizer, which makes Zoloft, knew about but did not disclose the risk prior to the Food and Drug Administration mandating revised warnings about SSRIs and the increased potential for birth defects.
The Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys at Long & Long are actively investigating claims from women who took SSRI antidepressants while pregnant and whose children were born with or died from related birth defects.
SSRI drugs associated with birth defects include:
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Effexor (venlafaxine)
- Luvox (fluvoxamine)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Symbyax (olanzapine and fluoxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
SSRIs are frequently prescribed for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Their use by pregnant women has been linked to severe and potentially fatal birth injuries including:
- Brain defects
- Club foot
- Heart defects
- Lung problems
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension
- Spinal disorders
If you took a prescription SSRI antidepressant while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, dangerous drug attorneys at Long & Long for your free case evaluation.