Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
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Zoloft Pregnancy Risk Side Effects
Zoloft is an SSRI antidepressant drug used to treat a variety of depression and anxiety-related emotional and mood disorders. "SSRI" stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Serotonin is a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance. Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants work by increasing serotonin levels in the body.
The use of SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft taken during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of several birth defects. Zoloft side effects can injure a fetus during its development, particularly if the drug is used during the first trimester of pregnancy, after the 20th week of pregnancy, and/or during the third trimester of pregnancy. Zoloft birth defects include:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Heart Defects: Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
Zoloft PPHN Birth Defects Lawsuits
A study linking the use of Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressant medications use during pregnancy to an increased risk of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) prompted a FDA Zoloft Pubic Health Advisory to be issued on July 19, 2006. The study showed that babies born to women who took Zoloft or other SSRIs after the 20th week of the pregnancy (second half of pregnancy and the 3rd trimester) were at a 600% increased PPHN risk than babies born of a pregnancy in which an SSRI was not taken.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) is a life-threatening condition that occurs soon after the birth of a newborn. Pulmonary means related to the lung. Hypertension means high blood pressure. A baby with PPHN has high pressure in the blood vessels to their lungs that restricts bloodflow and keeps them from getting enough oxygen into their bloodstream.
Zoloft Septal Heart Defects Lawsuits (ASD & VSD)
Most Zoloft heart defects are septal defects. The septum is the wall between the left and right sides of the heart. A septal defect is a malformation of the septum that leaves a hole between the two sides of the heart. Septal defect commonly are referred to as "a hole in the heart."
An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a hole in the wall that separates the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart.
A Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall between the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.
A FDA Safety Alert for Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressant medications was issued on December 8, 2005. The FDA drug alert was based on two studies that showed women who took Zoloft during the 1st trimester of pregnancy were 100%-150% more likely to have a baby with septal heart defects (ASD or VSD) compared with women who did not take Zoloft or another SSRI while pregnant.