Recent studies have shown that the use of some selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to birth defects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its findings of two separate studies in 2005 that concluded that pregnant women using Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy were at a higher risk of having a baby with cardiac problems, such as underdeveloped arteries. Since 2005, additional studies have shown that the use of SSRIs can be harmful to the fetus and cause serious complications such as heart, lung and brain or spinal cord irregularities, as well as the misshaping of the skull, abdominal wall and other body parts.
A more recent study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that out of 12,700 babies born between 1997 and 2004, 54% of infants were born with a major heart defect after the mother reportedly used the drug Bupropion during the first trimester. .
Doctors recommend that if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and you are taking an SSRI or an anti-depressant, you should talk to your OBGYN right away. Unfortunately, many consumers are not aware of all the risks involved with using SSRIs. Still, manufacturers are required by law to inform the public of certain risks and side effects that may result from the use of their products.
If you or someone you love has suffered harmful side effects as a result of taking an SSRI or any other medication, please contact the qualified Princeton product liability lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein today. Our New Jersey injury attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with negligent corporations and garnering the maximum possible compensation for clients. For a free and confidential consultation, call Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040