SSRI Birth Defects

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI’s, are used to treat a variety of mood disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Depression. Low serotonin levels are linked to these disorders. An SSRI works by boosting the level of serotonin in the brain and has been proven effective in treating many mood disorders. Popular SSRI’s include:

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Celexa
  • Lexapro

SSRI’s Linked to Birth Defects

Studies have shown that infants who were exposed to an SSRI during the first trimester have a 60 percent higher risk of being born with a birth defect. The FDA has since advised expectant mothers and those trying to get pregnant to eliminate the use of anti-depressants entirely. Common SSRI birth defects include:

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Limb deformity
  • Cleft palate
  • Spina Bifida
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Atrial Septal defects
  • Heart defects

SSRI Birth Defect Lawyers

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If you gave birth to a child with serious birth defects and used an SSRI during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a North Carolina SSRI birth defect lawyer as soon as possible to see if you have a claim. At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we believe that when a pharmaceutical company fails to adequately warn consumers of risks linked to their products, they should be liable for any injuries incurred. For immediate assistance from one of our antidepressant birth injury lawyers, fill out our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.

We think that everyone deserves the right to top legal counsel, regardless of that person’s financial situation, so we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid until we recover money for you. For more information about SSRI birth defects or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.

It is likely that we will associate another law firm more experienced in defective drug and product liability claims to assist us in prosecuting your claim, all at no additional cost to you.