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What Are SSRI Drugs?

An SSRI drug is abbreviated for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, also known as an anti-depressant medication that requires a doctor’s prescription. The medication works by regulating levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain often associated with mental health conditions. They are used to treat anxiety disorders, many forms of depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and can even be used in patients who are recovering from a stroke.

Which Drugs are Considered to be SSRIs?

Millions of prescriptions for these types of SSRI drugs are written for patients across the nation each year. Some of these drugs include but are not limited to Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and any of their generic equivalents. Millions of Americans take SSRI drugs on a regular basis and many of them include pregnant women.

What Birth Defects are Caused by SSRI Drugs?

There are many diseases, conditions, and birth defects linked to SSRI drugs. For example, Web MD cited a study that reported women who took two or more SSRI drugs had four times the instance of giving birth to a child with septal heart defects, or a malformation of the wall that divides the right and left sides of the heart. The instance of other birth defects is also higher when pregnant women take two or more of these types of drugs.

Other SSRI adverse effects:

  • PPHN, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, is a rare condition that affects a newborn’s heart and lungs
  • A variety of congenital heart defects
  • Malformations of the brain and skull known as anencephaly and craniosynostosis
  • A reduction in blood salt levels that can eventually lead to organ failure in extreme cases, also known as hyponatraemia
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Low birth weight
  • Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
  • Seizures

Are There SSRI Drugs and Birth Defects Lawsuits?

Early in 2014, Lexapro and Celexa had several lawsuits against them approved as class action suit. This particular lawsuit claims that parents were told to give their children SSRI drugs despite the fact that the drugs had not been approved for use in children. The children went on to experience many adverse side effects.

Another lawsuit against Lexapro alleges that the plaintiff’s two-week-old baby died as the result of birth defects linked to exposure to the SSRI.

Another lawsuit against Celexa and Lexapro alleges a baby that was a few weeks old died due to birth defects due to exposure to SSRI drugs in the womb. The manufacturer of the drugs moved to dismiss the claims, but the judge overseeing the suit refused.

Houston SSRI Birth Defect Lawyers

If you or someone you know took an SSRI during pregnancy whose child went on to develop any kind of birth defect, there is a limited time to file a claim. Call our experienced attorneys who will listen to your story and determine if you have a case. We are proud to provide free initial consultations to parents of children with birth injuries as the result of an SSRI.


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