New study links antidepressants during pregnancy to increased birth defects risk

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by Heygood Orr and Pearson

A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction has found that women who use a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with a number of serious birth defects. SSRI antidepressants include such drugs as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, and Lexapro.

According to the study, women who take these antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer a miscarriage, give birth prematurely, or give birth to a child with autism. Pregnant women who used SSRIs were also more likely to suffer pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia.

The use of antidepressants while pregnant has also been linked to a number of other serious birth defects. Drugs such as Paxil and Zoloft have been linked to serious heart defects in newborns, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), atrial and ventricular septal defects, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Concerns about the risk of birth defects caused by the use of antidepressants during pregnancy are heightened by the fact that approximately 13% of women take these drugs while pregnant. Antidepressant drugs are the most commonly prescribed drugs among women ages 18 to 44, the ages at which most women become pregnant.

If you or your child suffered an injury due to your ingestion of anti-depressants during pregnancy, you have valuable rights that need to be protected. Contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for your free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal right to compensation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out a free legal consultation form.