antidepressants birth injury

Colorado Antidepressants Birth Injury Attorneys

Depression is a serious illness and it is important to receive medical treatment for this condition. Extra care must be taken in treating depression in pregnant women, however, because many medicines used to treat depression carry the risk of harming an unborn child.

Did you take an SSRI-antidepressant, such as Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft while pregnant and later discover your child suffered a birth defect? If so, the Denver personal injury attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation.

Studies have shown that these types of antidepressants taken by women during their first trimester of pregnancy can lead to heart birth defects in their children. The cardiac defects in children were primarily atrial or ventricular septal defects; in these conditions the wall between the right and left sides of the heart does not completely develop.

Paxil is also known as paroxetine, an antidepressant made by GlaxoSmithKline. When mothers-to-be take Paxil there can be devastating side effects to the unborn child. There have been many adverse effects recently documented, including:

  • Omphalocele, in which an infant’s intestines or other organs protrude from the navel.
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Craniosynostosis, in which connections between skull bones prematurely close in the first year of life, and cause an abnormal-shaped skull.
  • Increased risk of heart defects.

If you suspect that an antidepressant, such as Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Prozac, or Zoloft, taken during your pregnancy led to birth defects in your child, contact the Colorado product liability attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm to discuss your case.

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