Antidepressants Can Cause Birht Defects That Are Severe

by Terry Bryant

There are multiple new studies that show a link between antidepressant usage and birth defects.  Some of the drugs in the study that are shown to have a link are Lexapro, Luvox, Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Symbyax. These are all in the drug class called SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. They are dispensed to people suffering with panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, anxiety, and depression. These are very commonly used products, and some have been used for many years with success for the patient. However, studies have shown that if SSRIs are taken during this time, there is an increased chance of infant abnormalities.

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, or PPHN, is one of the more common abnormalities found when a pregnant woman takes an SSRI. PPHN is when the baby’s ability to breathe on their own outside of the womb is greatly diminished. This is due to the abnormal blood flow to the heart and lungs. Without these two vital organs working properly, the baby’s body struggles to acquire the proper amount of oxygen it needs to survive. Many times this means the infant is put on ventilators and many other life-saving devices immediately upon delivery. Their chance of survival is greatly diminished, and the risk of infant mortality proportionately rises.
The link between SSRI antidepressant usage and birth defects is on the rise. There are many drug injury lawyers that are now taking up cases against these products.  Many offer consultations that are free of charge, so there is no reason not to seek legal counsel if this is an area of concern.