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Antidepressants/Birth Defects (SSRIs)

SSRI antidepressants linked to birth defects

The antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to a variety of perinatal complications. Our Ohio birth defect lawyers can help if your family has been affected.

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What are SSRIs?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are a class of antidepressant used to treat symptoms of depression as well as symptoms related to anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder, among others.

Common SSRIs

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Fluoxetine (Sarafem)
  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)

One of the biggest issues regarding whether to stop taking this type of medication is the fact that doing so can often create serious side effects. Patients who abruptly cease an SSRI regimen often experience what's known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Its symptoms include insomnia, chronic nausea, flu-like symptoms and hyperarousal (a heightened state of psychological and physical tension.)

SSRI-related birth defects/conditions

Clinicians have been studying the effects of SSRIs in unborn and newborn children since the mid-2000s. Early studies suggested a link between these antidepressants and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborn babies, according to articles published through the Mayo Clinic.

The clinic also points to other conditions caused by taking SSRIs, including:

  • Anencephaly (incomplete skull and brain formation)
  • Craniosynostosis (a birth complication involving sutures in newborns' heads closing prematurely)
  • Omphalocele (when a baby's intestines protrude from the belly button)

Other studies have suggested a connection between SSRIs and an increased likelihood of miscarriage and low birth weight.

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