New York Zoloft Birth Defects Lawyer
Zoloft May Pose Dangers to Infants In Utero
Zoloft is a popular antidepressant manufactured by Pfizer Inc, and prescribed to countless individuals across the globe for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and more. Generically known as sertraline HCl, Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) like Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro and Wellbutrin. Unfortunately, Zoloft has also been shown to increase the chances of severe birth defects.
Risk of Congenital Heart Defects and More
The New England Journal of Medicine and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study by the CDC link the use of Zoloft during pregnancy to an increased risk of a variety of birth defects in infants. Like other SSRI drugs, Zoloft can pass through a mother's placenta and affect her unborn child. Birth defects may include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Atrial septal defects
- Ventricular septal defects
- Right ventricular outflow obstruction defects
- Conotruncal defects
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Spina bifida
- Anencephaly (absence of a large part of the brain)
- Craniosynostosis (skull defects)
- Omphalocele (intestine outside of the body)
It is a physician's responsibility to alert his or her patients to the risks of using Zoloft and other potentially dangerous drugs during pregnancy. However, many women don't even realize they are pregnant until they are well into their first trimester. If you are involved in an intimate relationship and you are taking an SSRI or another antidepressant drug, it is important to take extra precautions with contraception in order to avoid an unintentional pregnancy and potential birth defects.
Were You On Zoloft? Was Your Child Born With a Birth Injury? Call an Experienced Defective Drug Attorney Today
If your child was born with a severe birth defect and you were taking Zoloft during your pregnancy, you may potentially have the right to financial compensation for your baby's injuries. Call Finz & Finz, P.C., toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with an experienced defective drug litigation lawyer. You can also fill out the Free Birth Defect Case Evaluation form online.