Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant Birth Defects

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are a group of antidepressants. They are prescribed more than any other type of antidepressant. These medications work by blocking the reuptake, or reabsorption, of serotonin. Altering the balance of serotonin can help boost mood.
Dangers Of Taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors?
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can cause dangerous side effects. They can also be dangerous for a woman to use during pregnancy because they can potentially affect her unborn child. There have been a number of birth defects linked to using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Below are some of the most common:
Heart Problems
Babies of mothers who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are often born with heart problems. A hole can develop in the baby’s heart. This is often referred to as a septal defect. If a hole develops in the heart, then it will be harder for the blood to circulate. This defect will also force the heart to work harder. Women who use selective serotonin reputake inhibitors during the first trimester are even more likely to deliver a baby with a septal defect.
Hypoplastic left heart is another heart problem that can potentially develop in an infant if the mother takes a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor during pregnancy. This condition occurs when the left side of the baby’s heart does not fully develop. Infants who are born with a hypoplastic left heart may be required to undergo multiple surgeries. They may also be required to get a heart transplant.
Hypoplastic right heart occurs when the right side of the heart does not fully develop. Infants with this disorder may also require a heart transplant and/or multiple surgeries. Many infants with hypoplastic left heart or hypoplastic right heart die shortly after they are born.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension Of Newborn
This is one of the most serious birth defects that is related to using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy. Babies with this condition have trouble adapting to breathing outside of the womb. As a result of this, they may need to be placed on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. This condition can result in multiple organ damage and death. Women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during the second half of their pregnancy are at the greatest risk for delivering an infant with this condition.
Spina Bifida
This is a defect that occurs when the backbone and spinal cord do not develop properly. The spinal cord may not function normally, which can lead to disability.
Cleft Palate
Cleft palate is a disability that occurs when the bones that form the roof of the mouth do not develop properly. This can result in speech and feeding problems. It can also cause breathing problems. Surgery is required to correct this condition.
Anencephaly
Anencephaly is a condition that occurs when the major parts of the scalp, skull and brain do not develop properly. It occurs as the result of a neural tubal defect. The vast majority of babies who are born with anencephaly do not survive.
Omphalocele
Omphalocele is a type of defect that occurs when the liver, intestines and other organs develop outside of the abdomen. This condition is very rare. It occurs in about 2.5 out of 10,000 births. However, it has a 25 percent mortality rate. The exact causes of this condition are not known, but it is more common in infants whose mothers take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during the first trimester.
Why You May Be Able To Get Compensation
If your baby was born with a birth defect and you took a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor while you were pregnant, then you should contact an attorney. You may be eligible to get compensation for the pain and suffering that your baby has endured because of his or her medical problems. You may also be able to receive compensation for the medical bills.
Many women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors while they were pregnant were not warned about how these drugs could affect their baby. They took these drugs because they thought that the benefits of them outweighed the risk.
Why Contact Our Law Firm?
If you are looking for an attorney who will fight for you, then you should consider contacting our firm. We will work hard for our clients because we understand all of the pain and frustration that they are experiencing. We also understand how frustrating it can be to have a baby with health problems.
Pregnancy is a very happy time for most women. They look forward to being mothers and experiencing the joy of parenthood. Most mothers also make sure that they receive prenatal care and look forward to having a healthy baby. However, many women’s joy turns to fear and sorrow because their baby is born with some type of medical problems.
We believe that the people who make these drugs should be held responsible. Women need to be properly warned about the dangers of these drugs, and most of them were not. That is why they believed that nothing would happen if they used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy.
There is nothing that can undo the hurt and pain that is caused by having a baby that is born with a health problem. However, we want to help take some of the financial burden off of you. Contact us and will give you the legal representation and counsel that you need.

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