According to recent studies, women who take a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with skull, heart, or abdominal defects. You may be entitled to file an Iowa birth defect lawsuit to seek compensation for your child’s injuries if you took a medication such as Zoloft, Lexapro, Effexor, Paxil, or Prozac while pregnant and you were not properly informed of the risks of doing so.
Contact Attorney Group for Iowa today to learn more about your options and how to go about seeking compensation for your child’s condition if you took an SSRI or anxiety medication while you were pregnant. There is no cost to speak with us, and we can help you determine if you are eligible to hold the manufacturer responsible for failing to inform you of the possible dangers associated with SSRI use during pregnancy.
Overview of SSRIs
SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed medications for anxiety and depression in the world. The drugs prevent the absorption of serotonin into the patient’s brain, thus increasing his or her mood. However, while thousands of patients have experienced less anxiety, an overall feeling of happiness, and reduced depression, several studies have found that taking SSRIs during pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of delivering a child with birth defects. Some common side effects of SSRIs include:
- Difficulty reaching orgasm
- Increased risk of fractures
- Bleeding into the gut
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain or loss
- Insomnia, drowsiness
- Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea
Do SSRIs Cause Birth Defects?
Women across the U.S. may consider filing an Iowa birth defect lawsuit to recover damages for their child’s condition if he or she was born with a birth defect due to the mother’s SSRI use during pregnancy. According to plaintiffs, several common birth defects include:
- Heart defects
- Spina bifida
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Transportation of the great arteries
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Tetralogy of fallot
Taking anxiety medications while pregnant can also increase the likelihood that the baby will be born with a club foot, ventricular or atrial septal defects, or a hole in his or her heart. Women claim they were not adequately informed of the risks of taking these medications while pregnant and that the manufacturers failed to provide proper warning labels on their products. Consider seeking legal counsel today to learn more about filing your own Iowa birth defect lawsuit and potentially recovering damages for your child’s injury.
Many women take SSRIs with little or no complications. However, when the women are pregnant, the chemicals in SSRIs can transfer to the developing fetus, inhibiting growth or adversely affecting the formation of limbs or vital organs.
Considering Filing an Iowa Birth Defect Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took SSRIs while pregnant and your child was born with birth defects, you may be eligible to file an Iowa birth defect lawsuit. Attorney Group for Iowa can provide you with a free, comprehensive case evaluation and help determine if you are entitled to recover damages for your child’s condition. We can also put you in touch with an affiliated attorney who can handle your Iowa birth defect lawsuit and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.