Zoloft is an antidepressant that is grouped into a family of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft and other SSRI drugs work by raising the serotonin levels in the brain, creating a feeling of well being.
Unfortunately, recent studies have found that Zoloft may potentially cause congenital birth defects including the following:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Heart defects
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Cranial birth defects
- Neural tube defects
- Anal atresia
- Abdominal effects
Zoloft Birth Defects
Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects recognized as craniofacial (malformations of the head or skull). Cleft lip affects the upper lip as a small or large opening extending towards the nasal area, while cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that extends upwards towards the nasal passages. Cleft lip and palate may lead to other complications including difficulty eating or difficulty with speech development.
Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is a congenital birth defect that affects the oxygen levels of the blood. PPHN occurs when blood pressure remains low in blood vessels leading to the lungs, in turn causing the heart’s blood pressure to be high. As a result of these interactions the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream is insufficient, leading to other problems including breathing difficulties.
If you took Zoloft during pregnancy and gave birth a child with congenital birth defects, you may be eligible for a Zoloft settlement. Zoloft lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks of Zoloft birth defects.
Zoloft Lawyer and Zoloft Lawsuit
A Zoloft lawyer can assist women who have given birth to a child with a Zoloft birth defect. If Zoloft has adversely affected your newborn, you may be eligible for a Zoloft lawsuit. Contact Chaffin Luhana at 1-888-480-1123 for a free and confidential case review. You may be eligible for compensation, and a Chaffin Luhana lawyer can help.