Zoloft Pregnancy - Autism Link and other Birth Defects
Zoloft (sertraline) is a prescription drug used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Zoloft belongs to the group of antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
Research suggests serious risks linked to women taking Zoloft while pregnant. These include higher risks of birth defect related side effects, such as the increased risk for Heart Defects, Autism, Lung Defects, Abdominal Wall Defects, Cranio-Facial Defects, Limb and Skeletal Malformations, and other deformities, malformations and birth defects affecting various areas of the newborn infant's head and body.
This link between Zoloft and congenital heart defects has many medical professionals concerned that pregnant women should not be prescribed or take Zoloft. Other SSRIs like Zoloft have also been linked to increased risk of severe birth defects.
Although research has yet to establish a definitive link between Zoloft while pregnant and congenital heart birth defects since, as a rule medical studies are not performed on pregnant women, it is known however that other SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil, that have been marketed and prescribed to pregnant women, have been proven to increase the risk of heart birth defects in the developing infant when taken during pregnancy. Paxil (paroxetine), which is in the same group of SSRIs as Zoloft, is known to cause serious congenital heart defects and other birth defects in developing babies when taken during pregnancy.
It is also known is that there is a strong link between Zoloft taken during pregnancy and other SSRI antidepressants and congenital malformations, including lung, cardiac, cranio-facial and abdominal wall malformations. A study conducted at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, revealed that the risk of pregnant women giving birth to babies with congenital defects, including heart and lung defects, was significantly increased among women who had prescriptions for SSRIs filled in the 30 days before conception through the end of the first trimester of pregnancy when compared with those who had no SSRI prescriptions filled during the same period.
The FDA has officially categorized Zoloft as a "Category C" pregnancy drug, which means that animal studies indicate link to possible fetal harm from use of the drug by pregnant mothers. At present, human trials haven't determined that the drug's intended benefits outweigh the birth defect risks of using Zoloft during pregnancy.Women who are taking SSRI antidepressants, including Zoloft while pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant should speak with their doctor about the risks associated with taking Zoloft or any other SSRI while pregnant. Although there are clearly risks associated with taking Zoloft while pregnant, there may also be concerns about discontinuing this or any medication. These risks should be discussed with a physician and balanced against any possible benefits of taking the medication.
Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit
If you took Zoloft at anytime during pregnancy and your child was born with serious Atrial Septal Heart Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Heart Defect (VSD), Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), Autism, Omphalocele, Coartation of the Aorta, Craniosynostosis, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Spina Bifida, Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), holes in the wall of the heart, heart valve defects, PPHN lung damage or any other serious Zoloft related heart defect or Zoloft birth defect, then call the Willis Law Firm to discuss your legal options regarding a potential Paxil side effect lawsuit / product liability lawsuit against the makers of Zoloft. Free Initial Case Evaluation. All Zoloft lawsuits taken on a Contingency Fee Basis !
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