New York Prozac Attorneys
What Is Prozac?
Approved by the FDA in 1986 and manufactured by Eli Lilly, Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Other SSRI drugs include Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro and Wellbutrin. In addition to being used as an antidepressant, it is often prescribed to combat obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic attacks and eating disorders.
The chemical name for Prozac is fluoxetine hydrochloride. Other brand names for this drug include Sarafem, Selfemra and Rapiflux. It is highly popular and used by millions of people in approximately 90 different countries. Unfortunately, Prozac has also been linked to serious birth defects and other dangers.
Lung and Heart Defects
Prozac has been linked to a number of birth defects, including cleft palate, cleft lip and clubfoot. One of the most serious birth defects, however, is persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH), a potentially life-threatening condition for a newborn. While the lungs of healthy infants start functioning immediately after birth, the lungs of babies with PPH fail to begin operating as they should. Without a proper supply of oxygen, such infants risk death.
Prozac is also associated with an increased risk of cardiac defects. Your baby's doctor may suspect either PPH or a heart defect if your infant:
- Has trouble feeding
- Has skin that turns blue (cyanosis)
- Loses consciousness
- Fails to gain weight
- Shows poor development
- Suffers a stroke
- Has chest pain
- Acts lethargic or overly fatigued
Cranial and Abdominal Defects
In addition to lung and heart problems, Prozac has been linked to the abnormal formation of an infant's skull, brain or abdomen. A birth defect called omphalocele causes the baby's intestines or other internal organs to grow outside of the body.
Other birth defects are craniosynostosis and anencephaly. Craniosynostosis causes the sutures in an infant's skull to close prematurely, creating an odd-shaped head and putting pressure on the newborn's brain, which can cause seizures, pain and brain damage. Anencephaly is when part of the infant's brain is actually missing.
Call a Birth Defects Attorney at the Finz Firm
If your newborn has a birth defect such as persistent pulmonary hypertension and you were taking Prozac during the pregnancy, call Finz & Finz, P.C., toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with a skilled New York defective drug lawyer today. You can also fill out the Free Case Evaluation form online to request a confidential consultation.