Zoloft, an antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (or SSRI), has been prescribed to thousands of people since its introduction in 1991. Though it was once the most frequently prescribed antidepressant in the United States, and is FDA approved for the treatment of clinical depression and certain types of anxiety, there are significant side effects that many patients are unaware of. Unfortunately, when taken during pregnancy, this drug has the potential to cause potentially fatal heart defects in the unborn child. If your child has suffered significant health effects as a result of Zoloft, you may be eligible for compensation from the drug manufacturer.
Zoloft Side Effects May Cause Birth Defects
Clinical studies have linked Zoloft and similar antidepressant medications to a number of side effects. In particular, Zoloft has been associated with birth defects and other complications when taken during pregnancy.
Women who take Zoloft at any point while they are pregnant, particularly during the third trimester, are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with serious birth defects, particularly congenital heart deformities. The most serious birth defects to be tied to Zoloft use include atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects, along with Craniosynotostosis (the skull is abnormally shaped) and Omphalocele (intsestines protrude from the navel). It is also believed that when women take Zoloft near the end of the pregnancy, the baby may suffer symptoms of withdrawal, such as irritability, after birth.
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN, has also been linked to Zoloft. This serious lung condition results when there is high pressure in the veins of the lungs. As a result, the baby’s lungs cannot push enough oxygen into the bloodstream. This is a serious and potentially fatal health condition requiring extensive medical care.
Filing a Zoloft Lawsuit
Unfortunately, many women taking Zoloft while pregnant have been unaware of the risks associated with this medication. If your baby has been born with a congenital heart problem or other birth defect, then you know the emotional and financial toll this can take on your family. Birth defects can create life-long challenges and can be devastating for your entire family. If your baby has been born with health problems caused by Zoloft prescribed during the pregnancy, you and your family deserve compensation to assist you with the challenges that lie ahead.
Help is available. If you have given birth to a child with birth defects you believe to be caused by Zoloft, you may be eligible for compensation from the drug company. Filing a lawsuit against Pfizer, the manufacturer or Zoloft, can get you the compensation you deserve and make others aware of the dangers of taking Zoloft while pregnant. If you or a loved one has been harmed by the taking of Zoloft, you may be eligible to claim damages, such as current and ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Zoloft Lawyer
If you have taken Zoloft or another antidepressant during pregnancy, and given birth to a child with birth defects such as PPHN that may be linked to the medication, you are encouraged to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your potential legal remedies. Schedule a FREE case review with our Zoloft lawsuit attorneys to find out whether you may be eligible for compensation from the drug manufacturer.
If you plan to file a lawsuit against Pfizer, be aware that the drug company will be represented by a team of experienced lawyers and trained insurance agents whose goal is to provide the least amount of compensation for your injuries. Having a skilled attorney on your side can ensure that your rights are protected and that you’re able to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.