SSRI Injuries

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are drugs that regulate the amounts of serotonin in your brain—the chemical commonly associated with depression. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter, often referred to as the “feel good” chemical. SSRIs work by blocking the re-absorption of serotonin, altering the balance of this chemical in your brain and boosting your mood. Recent medical research reveals that there are serious side effects of pregnant women taking SSRIs, often resulting in birth defects.

Drug Recall AttorneysAny pregnant women who have taken SSRIs and given birth to a baby with defects should consult the advice of a California SSRI injury attorney to discuss your situation and potential compensation.

Types of SSRIs

SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They can help alleviate symptoms of moderate to severe depression, and until recently, have been considered safer than other antidepressants on the market.

The common brand names for SSRI drugs include:

  • Zoloft
  • Effexor
  • Paxil
  • Celexa
  • Prozac
  • Lexapro
  • Pristiq
  • Welbutrin

Risks Associated with SSRIs

Researchers have found that the brain chemical serotonin is crucial to the development of the human fetus. Therefore, any drug that affects the balance of this chemical in the brain of a pregnant woman will affect the fetus. Especially women who are taking SSRIs during their first trimester have given birth to babies with defects.

The main location for these SSRI-influenced birth defects is the newborn’s heart. One dangerous birth defect is an aortic stenosis, meaning a hole in child’s heart. Cleft palate is another side effect associated with this category of drugs.

The FDA’s Role

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a series of health advisories and warnings beginning in 2005 into 2006 alerting the public about the possible birth defects associated with SSRIs. However, no SSRIs have been recalled in the United States, even despite a handful of medical studies detailing the birth effects linked to newborns whose mothers took SSRIs—particularly early on in the pregnancy.

Some doctors will downplay the severity of side effects and others will actually talk about the drug in a way that makes it seem safe. If you are a woman of childbearing age, it is a good idea to explore other options before committing to an SSRI to combat depression.

If you are a California resident who has given birth to a baby with heart problem or other birth defect and you were taking an SSRI while pregnant, please contact our California SSRI injury attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today. We look forward to hearing from you.