Pristiq use during pregnancy may result in birth defects.  If your family has been affected by Pristiq side effects, contact an attorney to discuss your Pristiq lawsuit possibilities.

According to recent side effect studies, the antidepressant drug Pristiq may be linked to the development of serious side effects, particularly major birth defects in children exposed to the drug in utero. Pristiq has been available in the U.S. since it garnered FDA approval in 2008, and has since been prescribed to individuals suffering from major depressive disorder. Pristiq is the brand name of the antidepressant drug desvenlafaxine, which is considered a new generation antidepressant and is a synthetic form of venlafaxine, sold under brand names Effexor and Efexor. Pristiq belongs to a class of antidepressant drugs called SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which function by preventing the "reuptake" of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Similar antidepressant drugs, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) act upon serotonin alone. Pristiq is currently manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.

Despite the fact that SNRI antidepressants are newer and slightly more effective than SSRIs, new research has identified the use of certain antidepressant drugs like Pristiq as a potential risk factor for the development of major side effects. According to recent antidepressant side effect studies, women who take certain antidepressant drugs while pregnant may have a significantly increased risk of giving birth to infants with one or more major birth defects. If you or a loved one has suffered from a potential Pristiq side effect, contact a Pristiq attorney to discuss your legal options.

Potential Pristiq Birth Defects

One of the most serious side effects potentially linked to the use of Pristiq during pregnancy is a birth defect called PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. PPHN is a serious condition affecting the heart and lungs in which a newborn's circulation continues to bypass the lungs after birth. Although the child can breathe, oxygen in the breathed air will not reach the bloodstream to be distributed to the rest of the body. Without an adequate supply of oxygen, the body's vital organs and tissues will become damaged and begin to die. Although some cases of PPHN are treatable and reversible, others may result in life-altering injury and possibly even death.

Pristiq Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

The New England Journal of Medicine published a side effect study in 2006 in which researchers found an alarming increased risk of PPHN among infants whose mothers took certain antidepressant drugs while pregnant. According to the study, women who took certain antidepressant drugs after the twentieth week of pregnancy were six times more likely to give birth to an infant with PPHN. The report indicated that up to twelve out of 1,000 infants developed PPHN after exposure to certain antidepressants, compared to the expected rate among the general population, which is one to two infants out of 1,000. Shortly after this study was released, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of PPHN among infants exposed to certain antidepressant drugs in utero.

Pristiq Use During Pregnancy

The FDA has classified Pristiq as a pregnancy category C medication, which means it has the potential to cause serious harm to a fetus when taken during pregnancy. Because of this potential for harm, the FDA has urged physicians to consider all benefits and risks of Pristiq before prescribing the drug to pregnant women or women of childbearing age. If you are currently taking Pristiq and you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consult your physician immediately. You should never suddenly stop taking a prescription medication, as this may cause further harm to you or your child. However, with your doctor's help, you may be able to find a safer alternative to Pristiq for treating your medical condition.

Pristiq Attorneys for Side Effects

All children deserve to live a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, many children born with a birth defect are robbed of this right. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect which you believe to be linked to the use of Pristiq, contact a Pristiq attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer). The goal of Pristiq lawsuits is to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. Pristiq attorneys can help victims of potential Pristiq side effects protect themselves from further harm, while also bringing public attention to the allegedly dangerous nature of Pristiq and other pharmaceutical drugs. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a pharmaceutical drug. By hiring a Pristiq lawyer to represent your case, you can protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.

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