Zoloft Birth Defects

Zoloft birth defects may be the result of side effects when used while pregnant.  If your child was born with suspected Zoloft birth defects, contact a lawyer to discuss your Zoloft lawsuit options for compensation.

SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft have become some of the most popular antidepressant drugs on the U.S. market. Unfortunately, serious doubts have been raised about the safety of these drugs, especially in treating pregnant women, due to new information about potential Zoloft birth defects. Zoloft (sertraline) is only one of many antidepressants which fall into the category of SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These drugs work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, thereby relieving depression and improving certain mood disorders. Zoloft was approved by the FDA in 1991 and has since been used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. Zoloft is currently manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, Inc.

Despite the potential for Zoloft and other SSRIs to cause serious fetal harm, more than 80,000 pregnant women are prescribed SSRI drugs alike Zoloft in any given year. If you took Zoloft while pregnant and your child was born with a major birth defect, contact a Zoloft attorney immediately. Your child may be entitled to lifetime care or financial compensation for his injuries, which you can collect by filing a Zoloft lawsuit against drug maker, Pfizer, Inc.

Potential Zoloft Birth Defects

According to credible medical sources, including several studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who take Zoloft during pregnancy may have a substantially increased risk of giving birth to infants with major birth defects. Among these potential Zoloft birth defects are persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), neural tube defects, heart defects, limb defects, anal atresia, omphalocele, cleft lip, craniosynostosis and cleft palate. One of the most serious birth defects allegedly linked to Zoloft use in pregnancy is PPHN, a life-threatening condition in which a newborn's circulation continues to bypass the lungs after birth, depriving the rest of the body of oxygen. Without an adequate supply of oxygen, the body's vital organs and tissues will become damaged and begin to die.

Zoloft FDA Warnings for Birth Defects

In 2006, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and physicians about the increased risk of PPHN among infants whose mothers take Zoloft while pregnant. This FDA warning was based on information provided by a NEJM study published earlier that year, in which researchers found a six-times increased risk of PPHN among infants exposed to an SSRI like Zoloft after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The FDA also required all SSRI sponsors to change prescribing information to include the possible risk of PPHN. Due to this potential for causing serious fetal harm, the FDA has classified Zoloft as a pregnancy category C medication.

Zoloft Attorneys for Birth Defects

While most consumers understand that no drug is 100% safe, they do expect their prescription medications to effectively treat their condition without causing them any unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, some drug companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. This misleading practice exposes millions of consumers to serious injury and even death, which could have been avoided had the drug company taken the appropriate steps to avoid unnecessary harm. Because some drug companies do employ deceptive practices to avoid negative consequences, there are some drugs that are approved and enter the U.S. market with side effects so severe that they may actually outweigh any possible benefits of the treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect which you believe to be linked to Zoloft, contact a Zoloft attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Zoloft lawsuit against Pfizer in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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