Prozac Birth Defects

Clinical studies have linked Prozac and other drugs in the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) with birth defects. Women who take Prozac or similar antidepressants during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects that range from cleft lip, to serious and life threatening congenital heart defects, and/or persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). Patients who took Prozac have been exposed to increased risks that may not have disclosed when the drug was first prescribed.

Prozac Birth Defects

Prozac has been linked to serious and dangerous birth defects. Infants born to mothers who took Prozac during pregnancy have suffered from various side effects including cleft lip, cleft palate, clubfoot, anal atresia, Craniosynostosis, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) as well as:

  • Septal Defect
  • Coarction of the Aorta
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries

Prozac and Autism Linked

In July of 2011, the Archives of General Psychiatry suggested there was a link between the use of SSRIs, such as Prozac, in the year prior to giving birth, and an increased risk of having a child born with autism spectrum disorder. The researchers stated that women who took SSRIs during the twelve months before having a child have double the risk their baby will be born with autism spectrum disorder, and four times the risk when SSRIs were taken during the first trimester.

Prozac Withdrawal in Newborns

Newborns who do not display signs of Prozac birth defect may still suffer from other symptoms as a result of being exposed to the medication. These may include feeding issues, breathing and sleeping difficulty, shakiness, and problems feeding.

Prozac attorneys are skilled and have experience representing individuals who have been harmed by this dangerous drug. Prozac attorneys can help victims obtain compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you know took Prozac and gave birth to a child with a birth defect it's important to speak with an attorney immediately. It is important to assess your legal options before you forever lose your ability to recover for your injuries.

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