Zoloft birth defects

March 28, 2011 @ 03:27 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Zoloft birth defects lawyer, I am aware of the various problems associated with this medication. Zoloft is an antidepressant within a family of antidepressants which are commonly known selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). Although Zoloft has been seen as effective in helping people with depression in many individuals, it also has been linked to various serious side effects.

Zoloft is often prescribed by doctors to treat a person’s depression. However, it is also prescribed to help people with anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Food & Drug Administration has classified Zoloft as pregnancy Category C. What this means is that the drug can possibly harm a developing fetus if the drug is taken while pregnant. It should only be prescribed to pregnant women after a doctor strongly weighs it’s benefits with the potential risk of harm which is posed to the unborn fetus.

In 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report which indicated that babies whose mothers took various SSRIs such as Zoloft during the second half of pregnancy had a much higher being born with a defect called Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). Although this defect is rare, it is indeed quite serious. In effect, the newborn child has abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs.

The most common birth defects which have been linked to Zoloft are atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventricular septal defects (VSD). These are congenital heart birth defects which affect the development of the fetus’ heart. There are also other kinds of birth defects which have been linked Zoloft when taken by pregnant women.

Zoloft has also been linked to cranial and abdominal birth defects. The National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants has shown that there is a direct link between taking SSRIs such as Zoloft, and a higher risk of an abdominal birth defect called Omphalocele and a cranial defect called Craniosynostosis.

Contact Corpus Christi birth defects lawyer Scott Nelson if you need help with these issues. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas.