Women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or other antidepressants while pregnant may be more likely to deliver a baby with heart, abdominal, or skull defects. If you took Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Effexor, or Zoloft during your pregnancy and you were not adequately informed of the possibility of giving birth to a child with health complications, consider filing a Kansas birth defect lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover damages for your injuries and that of your child. Attorney Group for Kansas is currently providing free consultations to women who took SSRIs while pregnant and delivered a baby with birth defects. If you feel as though you have are eligible to file a Kansas birth defect lawsuit, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and to determine whether you are entitled to seek compensation for your child’s condition.
What are SSRIs?
SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed anxiety and antidepressant drugs worldwide. These medications work to prevent serotonin from becoming absorbed into the brain. Patients often report an elevated mood, less anxiety, and reduced depression. However, while studies have found that these drugs are beneficial for many if taken as prescribed and may cause little or no side effects, manufacturers allegedly have an obligation to warn women that, if they take SSRIs during pregnancy, it could put their unborn children at an increased risk for birth defects.
Side Effects of SSRIS
Although each medication may differ, there are several side effects common to all SSRIs, including weight loss or gain, dry mouth, increased suicidal tendencies, bleeding into the gut, difficulty reaching orgasm, increased risk of fractures, recklessness, nervousness, agitation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache, drowsiness, dizziness, or insomnia.
SSRIs Linked to Birth Defects
Studies show that taking SSRIs during pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby being born with any of the following birth defects:
- Heart defects
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Transportation of the great arteries
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Spina bifida
Additionally, taking an SSRI while pregnant may cause a child to be born with holes in his or her heart, atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, and club foot. If you or someone you love delivered a baby with a birth defect and you believe that the defect was the result of your use of an anxiety or antidepressant medication while you were pregnant, consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about filing a Kansas birth defect lawsuit today. Women are claiming that they were inadequately informed of the potential risks and dangers associated with SSRI use during pregnancy. Although these drugs are not necessarily unsafe for women, patients may consider filing a Kansas birth defect lawsuit if they delivered a baby with complications.
Do You Have a Kansas Birth Defect Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took SSRIs while pregnant and gave birth to a child with birth defects, contact Attorney Group for Kansas today for more information about filing a Kansas birth defect lawsuit and seeking compensation for your child’s condition. We can answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Kansas birth defect lawsuit on your behalf and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.