“SSRIs are powerful,
and sometimes dangerous.”

SSRI Birth Defects Lawsuits – List of Birth Defect Cases

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of antidepressant drugs that first became available in the late 1980s. These days, when combined with psychotherapy, they are the most popular form of depression treatment, in part because they are generally well tolerated. Some patients do, however, experience SSRI side effects, including dizziness, nausea, insomnia, weight gain, headaches, and sexual side effects.

If you are pregnant, taking SSRIs can also cause your unborn baby to suffer adverse side effects. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2006 and 2007 found that SSRI use during pregnancy doubles a child’s risk of being born with omphalocele defects (i.e., with his intestines protruding from his belly button), and septal defects—congenital heart defects that cause the heart to work harder because of poor blood circulation. More recently, research conducted in the United States and abroad has suggested that pregnant women’s SSRI use might increase the incidence of infants being born with brain development issues and reduced head size.

In the last few years, many mothers who took SSRIs while they pregnant and gave birth to children with related birth defects have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and other drug manufacturers.

 

Celexa Heart Problems & Birth Defects Lawsuit

The antidepressant citalopram is sold under the brand name Celexa but also less commonly under various generic names. Researchers are currently trying to determine whether Celexa has caused birth defects in children… Learn more

Lexapro Birth Defects Lawsuit

The antidepressant escitalopram is sold under the brand name Lexapro but also less commonly as Cipralex Seroplex Lexamil and Lexam. Researchers are currently trying to determine whether Lexapro has… Learn more

Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit

You might believe that the antidepressant paroxetine—sold under the brand name Paxil but also less commonly as Aropax and Seroxat—caused you or your baby to suffer life-threatening side effects and severe birth defects…. Learn more

Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuits

The antidepressant sertraline hydrochloride is sold under the brand name Zoloft but also less commonly as Lustral. Researchers are currently trying to determine whether Zoloft has caused birth defects in children born to… Learn more

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