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SSRI Antidepressants and Pregnancy

If you or your loved one used an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy and have a child that has heart defects or other serious birth defects, you may have a legal claim against the maker of that drug for your child's condition.

Altman & Altman, LLP., represents families and their children that have been injured from the use of an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy.

Millions of Americans take antidepressants daily to reduce depression and anxiety. Particularly, pregnant mothers often take certain SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressants to help with their anxiety of pregnancy. Recent Studies have shown a link between popular SSRI antidepressants taken by women during the pregnancy and severe birth defects including septal heart defects and other congenital abnormalities.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is take during the pregnancy:

Category A
Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).

Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.

Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use.

Common SSRI antidepressants that fall under Category C include: Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac.

Paxil is the only SSRI antidepressant currently in Category D.

Reports indicate that a fetus exposed to SSRI antidepressants during the pregnancy will have an increased risk of developing complications that require hospitalization, respiratory support, and/or tube feeding. Birth defects associated with SSRI antidepressants can include:

  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
  • Ventral Septal Defects (VSD)
  • Valve Problems
  • Tricuspid Valve
  • Mitral Valve
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Murmur
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Omphalocele
  • Gastroschisis
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Club Foot
  • Anal Atresia
  • Spina Bifida

At Altman & Altman, LLP, our experienced Massachusetts SSRI antidepressant attorneys are prepared to protect your rights. Our Boston Injury attorneys have years of experience at representing families affected by birth defects caused by SSRI antidepressants. Our experienced Boston attorneys have access to the finest experts in the state and are ready to begin representing you and your interests immediately. In addition, with our history of success we have vast experience in negotiating with insurance companies, making sure that any recovery covers medical bills, pain and suffering, future medical bills and future economic damages.

We understand that birth defects can cause serious problems for you and your loved ones. Our Boston SSRI antidepressant attorneys have the expertise to help you take care of those suffering from birth defects. Our Boston SSRI antidepressant attorneys are sensitive to you and your family's needs but we are ready to aggressively advocate for your rights. In addition to having a strong record of results, we pride ourselves on being easily accessible to clients. Our phones are answered around the clock, and all emails get immediate responses.

To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Boston, Massachusetts SSRI antidepressant attorney at Altman & Altman LLP, call 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 or contact us online.

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