Report: Pregnant Zoloft Users Twice as Likely To Deliver Children with Birth Defects
Zoloft has become one of America’s most widely-used treatments for major depressive disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and premenstrual anaphoric disorder, in addition to panic, generalized anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress disorders. Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a class of drugs now subject to considerable controversy.
According the FDA, if taken during pregnancy, Zoloft can cause birth defects or complications. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine discovered that women taking Zoloft while pregnant were twice as likely to have a child with a birth defect or complication as other women who took a different class of antidepressants.
This finding may allow women who took Zoloft or other SSRIs during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect to pursue a lawsuit that would provide them with financial compensation for medical expenses and other damages. Some alleged Zoloft birth defects are:
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Gastrointestinal Malformations
- Heart Malformations
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Limb Reduction Defects
- Anal Atresia
- Cranial Birth Defects
- Club Foot and Cleft Lip
If you are currently taking Zoloft or any other prescription treatment for depression, do not stop taking your medication until you consult with your doctor. Abruptly stopping these medicines can have a severe negative impact on your mental and physical health, as well as your unborn child. Discuss treatment options with your mental health professional before making any changes regarding your medication. Drugs like Zoloft have been known to cause a temporary but potentially debilitating condition called SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome. Protect yourself and your baby by seeking professional advice before making any changes in your medications. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a Zoloft birth defect, fill out a free case evaluation on the right to find out if you are eligible for compensation.