Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit Claims Center

Helping families affected by Zoloft birth defects after taking this SSRI antidepressant drug during pregnancy and representing families who with a child who developed a congenital birth defect in filing Zoloft birth defects lawsuit claims. Cases are currently being filed by individual files on behalf of their child and there has not been a national Zoloft class action lawsuit started that covers all cases.

Recently, women and families with a child who developed serious congenital birth defects have become more informed about the SSRI drug Zoloft which is an antidepressant prescribed to treat depression. This medication has been associated with causing serious birth defects side effects when taken by a woman while she is pregnant. It has also been prescribed to treat disorders other than depression including: panic disorder, PTSD, PMDD, social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Zoloft (also referred to as sertraline) used during the first trimester of pregnancy can expose infants to in utero exposure of the medication and increase the risk of developing a number of serious Zoloft birth defects complications.

These antidepressant drugs, which include Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac, carry with them the risk of several established side effects for the unborn child including the increased risk of premature birth, breathing problems, gastrointestinal side effects and motor problems. The exact degree of risk of Zoloft birth defects is currently unknown, however the risk of developing complications has been reported in babies following use of these medications. Women taking this drug during their pregnancy can expose their baby to the medication while in the womb leading to the development of a Zoloft birth defect.

Zoloft Birth Defects Include:

• PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension) – involves the newborn infant not getting an adequate amount of oxygen in the blood
• Abdominal Birth Defects (omphalocele) – a type of hernia where the muscles in the babies abdominal wall fail to properly close
• Heart Birth Defects
• Cranial Birth Defects (craniosynostosis) – a congenital birth defect involving an early closing of a suture on a newborn’s skull that caused an abnormally shaped head

In 2004 The Food and Drug Administration announced a warning against the use of certain antidepressants for women in the late third trimester of pregnancy. The warning stated that doctors may want to gradually taper pregnant women off antidepressant medications in the third trimester so that the baby is not adversely affected. The FDA also required all SSRI drugs to contain a warning stating that exposure to SSRI drugs in the womb may cause infants to develop several complications.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert regarding the increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) which is a serious and life-threatening lung condition that occurs soon after birth. The alert covered Zoloft along with other antidepressant drugs including Paxil and Prozac. The Zoloft label was also revised to include additional information regarding a study suggesting that exposure to the drug in the first trimester of pregnancy may be linked with an increased risk of Zoloft birth defects involving cardiac problems. Also in 2006, Health Canada released a warning for women who were pregnant or planning to become pregnant to discuss with their treating doctor the use of SSRI antidepressant drugs due to the increased risk of infants developing birth defects.

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If your child has suffered from Zoloft and birth defects please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. We are currently investigating cases for families involving Zoloft birth defects that occurred after using this antidepressant drug. For the latest news and updates and information on filing a Zoloft lawsuit birth defects claim please call or e-mail us today. We will provide you with a no-obligation consultation and the latest Zoloft lawsuit information.

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