Antidepressant Injury Attorneys

ANTIDEPRESSANTS LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS

If you or a loved one have taken an antidepressant, such as Prozac®, Paxil®, Celexa®, Zoloft®, Effexor® or Lexapro®, during pregnancy and given birth to a child with a birth defect or persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. for a free case consultation and evaluation as soon as possible.

Antidepressants or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have been linked to a higher risk of specific birth defects. Drugs in the antidepressant/SSRI class include Prozac®, Paxil®, Celexa®, Zoloft® Effexor®, and Lexapro®.

These drugs are used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

Recent studies have raised concerns that women who take antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect—typically involving a heart defect—than women who were not taking antidepressants. Additional research also shows that the use of antidepressants during the latter half of pregnancy increases the risk of the newborn developing a serious birth defect involving the child's breathing, known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).

Birth defects linked to antidepressants include the following:

  • Heart birth defects – Atrial or ventricular septal defects, transposition of the great arteries, coarctation "narrowing" of the aorta, and Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Abdominal birth defects – Omphalocele
  • Cranial birth defects – Craniosynostosis
  • Neural tube birth defects – Spina bifida

Topamax® & Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate

Topamax® (generic form Topiramate) made by Ortho-McNeil, a Johnson & Johnson company, has been linked to a higher risk of cleft lip and cleft palate. The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued its Topamax® health safety alert on March 4, 2011.

The Topamax® alert warned that recent data from the National American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry (NAAED) provided evidence that Topamax® dramatically increases the risk for specific birth defects. The data showed a 1.4% prevalence rate and a 21.3 relative risk of the fetus developing birth defects as compared to the risk in the background population.

Taking Legal Action After Harmful Side Effects

Our Houston personal injury attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. are accepting antidepressant and Topamax® birth defect claims. Our team has experience handling birth injury and birth defect claims. If you or a loved one has taken Topamax® or an antidepressant—such as Prozac®, Paxil®, Celexa®, Zoloft®, Effexor®, or Lexapro®—during pregnancy and given birth to a child with a birth defect or persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. for a free case consultation and evaluation; call (866) 977-6671 or submit a case evaluation form.