Antidepressants May Birth Defects: Get Legal Help If You Have Been Affected

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of antidepressants used to treat depression, anxiety and some personality disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Although SSRIs were believed to be safer and more effective than other drugs, certain antidepressants may cause birth defects in newborns.

If you took SSRIs during pregnancy and your baby was born with a birth defect, you could be entitled to compensation to help you care for your newborn.

Free consultation: To learn more about your legal rights and options, call Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., at 937-353-4305 or contact us online.

SSRIs are linked to many types of birth defects if taken during pregnancy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2005 that ingesting certain antidepressants during pregnancy could be linked to complications in newborns, including:

  • Heart problems such as pulmonary stenosis
  • A fatal lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension

SSRIs can also cause conditions such as:

  • Anencephaly, which is an incomplete skull and brain formation
  • Craniosynostosis, which is a birth complication in which sutures in newborns' heads close prematurely
  • Omphalocele, in which the baby's intestines protrude from the belly button.
  • Miscarriage and low birth weight may also be connected to SSRIs.

If your baby suffered an injury as a result of these drugs, you can rely on the Dayton birth injury attorneys at Elk & Elk for experienced representation. We have been helping families give their injured babies the best chance at living normal, healthy lives for more than 50 years.

Supporting families whose infants were injured by SSRIs

Birth defects caused by SSRIs can cause significant challenges for both children and their families. At Elk & Elk, our Dayton birth defect lawyers are investigating defects caused by SSRIs such as:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Nefazodone (Serzone)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

If your baby has a birth defect, and you were prescribed any of these medications, you and your family may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more, contact a Dayton birth injury lawyer at Elk & Elk today. We have a highly trained team of Dayton birth defects lawyers, investigators, nurses and other health care providers ready to work on your case.

Schedule a free consultation if your baby was diagnosed with a birth defect

If you took an SSRI during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, call 1-800-ELK-OHIO (1-800-355-6446).

If we work together on your case, you will not pay any costs up front. Ask us about our no fee promise.

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