SSRI Use And Birth Defects

Elk & Elk’s Cleveland injury lawyers are investigating a connection between a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and mothers who have delivered children with a variety of birth defects. You need an attorney for antidepressant birth defects in Cleveland if you or someone you know has used any of the drugs in this class and experienced birthing difficulties that left the newborn with any of a number of life-burdening defects.

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Our attorneys are standing by, ready to leave no stone unturned in searching for the truth behind your baby’s pain and suffering. Simply dial 1-440-252-0445 to begin a free, no-obligation case analysis, or contact us online. It’s also free and requires no commitment. If you do become a client of an Elk & Elk attorney for antidepressant birth defects, you’ll owe us nothing unless we achieve a successful result for you.

Protecting the rights of those who were injured by dangerous drugs

People with symptoms of depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other conditions may take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to ease their symptoms. Drugs in this class include:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Nefazodone (Serzone)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft), Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Patients who suddenly stop taking SSRIs can develop antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Symptoms of this condition include insomnia, chronic nausea, a heightened state of psychological and physical tension called hyperarousal, and flu-like symptoms.

Effects of SSRIs on unborn children and infants

In the mid-2000s, studies of the effects of SSRIs on unborn or newborn children began to show problems. Conditions may include:

  • Anencephaly
  • Craniosynostosis, in which sutures in a newborn’s head close prematurely
  • Incomplete brain and skull formation
  • Omphalocele, a condition in which a baby’s intestines protrude from the belly button
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborn babies

In addition, a pregnant woman who takes SSRIs may have a greater chance of miscarriage and having a child with a low birth weight.

Elk & Elk can help: Call us today

If your baby was harmed by a birth defect related to SSRIs, our skilled and hardworking attorneys can help you give your injured child a chance at a normal, fulfilling life.

Call us today at 1-440-252-0445 or 1-800-ELK-OHIO (1-800-355-6446) to schedule a free initial consultation.