Paxil® & Zoloft® & Effexor® have been linked to serious birth defects and persistent breathing problems.
The Food and Drug Administration is now advising expectant mothers and women who plan to become pregnant to avoid and stop taking Zoloft® & Paxil® & Effexor® during pregnancy. The agency’s warning came on the heels of several studies that showed that taking Paxil® or Zoloft® more than doubles the risk of birth defects in children whose mothers took Paxil® or Zoloft® of Effexor® while they were pregnant.
A number of scientific studies have suggested that these medications may have increased the risk of serious birth defects to the unborn child.
Birth Defects Potentially Resulting from Pregnant Mothers’ Use of Paxil®or Zoloft® or Effexor®
Many women were unaware of the health risks associated with taking Zoloft® or Paxil®during their pregnancy. Women who have taken Zoloft® or Paxil® during a pregnancy and given birth to a child with birth defects or birth complications are encouraged to contact an attorney to discuss legal options. Please fill out the form on this page to learn more about Zoloft®/ Paxil®/ Effexor® litigation.
Potential birth defects caused by these two drugs include:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) (cyanosis, which is usually associated with rapid breathing and respiratory distress)
- Atrial Septal Defect (wall of the atrium/upper heart chambers fails to close; hole in heart)
- Cleft Lip/Palate (severe deformation of the upper lip and roof of mouth)
- Epilepsy/Seizures (grand mal OR otherwise)
- Craniosynostosis (the bones of the child’s skull close too early)
- Club Foot
- General Lung Defects
- General Heart Defects
- General Neural Defects
- Anal Atresia (opening of anus is blocked or missing)
- Omphalocele/Gastroschisis (intestines and or stomach protrude outside infant)
- Hypoplastic left and right heart syndrome (HLHS) (right or left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped)
- Anencephaly (absence of a large part of the brain and the skull)
- Low blood sugar
- Other birth defects
A child suffering from birth defects caused by Paxil® or Zoloft® or Effexor® may require surgeries and may potentially require lifelong health care.
Paxil® (paroxetine hydrochloride) and Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) are two of the most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs. They are in a class of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). They first became available in 1992 and have since then been used to treat conditions such as depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Effexor® is a different type of anti-depressant, called an SNRI, Seronin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors. SNRIs, are not prescribed as commonly as SSRIs and are used to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and for the relief of menopausal symptoms. SNRIs work slightly different from SSRIs, they increase the levels of serotonin, and norepinephrine, two brain mood regulating neurotransmitters. Effexor® was introduced on the market after FDA approval in 1994.
If you or a loved one had a child with a birth defect and was pregnant while taking either Paxil® or Zoloft® or Effexor®, please call (888) 391-8244 or contact us.