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Recent studies suggest SSRI side effects may include serious SSRI birth defects, causing health problems for infants and young children. Some studies have linked the use of SSRIs, also called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, while pregnant with birth defects. SSRI birth defects may include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN—previously called primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn), septal defect and non-cardiac birth defects including spina bifida and cleft palate.


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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a newer class of antidepressant that work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the patient's brain. Some studies, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine have linked SSRIs to serious birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a potentially serious condition in which the baby does not adapt to breathing outside the womb.

SSRI Birth Defects

Cardiac birth defects linked to SSRI antidepressants:

Septal defect (atrial and ventricular): Occurs when a hole develops in the wall of the infant's heart, leading to improper blood circulation and causing the heart to work harder than it should to pump blood. Patients may require open-heart surgery.

SSRI birth defectsTetrology of Fallot: The patient experiences narrowing of the pulmonary valve, ventricular septal defect, dilated aorta connected to the left and right ventricles, and thickening of the right ventricle. Blood may not be properly oxygenated before being circulated throughout the body.

Hypoplastic left heart: Occurs when the left side of the infant's heart does not develop fully. It can result in sudden death and patients may require a heart transplant and/or multiple surgeries as they age.

Hypoplastic right heart: Occurs when the right side of the infant's heart does not develop fully. It can result in sudden death and patients may require a heart transplant and/or multiple surgeries as they age.

Non-cardiac birth defects linked to SSRI antidepressants:

Spina bifida: Occurs when the spinal cord and backbone do not close or develop properly. This may allow part of the spinal cord to protrude through the opening. The section of the spinal cord affected does not function normally, possibly leading to disability.

Cleft palate: Occurs when the separate parts of the skull forming the roof of the mouth do not join properly. This can result in problems feeding, speaking and breathing.

Club feet: Occurs when the infant's bones, joints, muscles and blood vessels develop abnormally, resulting in the foot being turned inward and downward. This can cause problems with mobility.

SSRI Antidepressants:

SSRI Antidepressants and SNRI Antidepressants

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are similar to SSRIs in that they both increase levels of serotonin in the patient's brain. SNRIs also affect levels of norepinephrine in the brain. SSRIs have been on the market longer than SNRIs and therefore have been more widely researched. Because of their similarities it is possible that both classes of antidepressant have similar side effects, although this is not certain.)

SSRI Birth Defects Lawsuit Contact Form

If you took any SSRI antidepressant medication during pregnancy and your baby suffered any type of birth defect, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible SSRI Birth Defects lawsuit. Please click on the link below to submit your claim to a lawyer who will review your case at no charge.
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My daught with whom I was pregnant while taking Zoloft has a heart murmur.

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My daughter has endured many surgeries & heart related procedures. My daughter & I have experience lots of physical & mental stress along with time out of work.

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My daughter was born with Turner's Syndrome, a Coarctation of the Aorta, Bicuspid Aortic Valve and Ventricular Septal Defect. She had open heart surgery when she was 10 days old to correct the Coarctation and VSD and still has the Bicuspid Aortic Valve.

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Son born 9 weeks premature, IUGR, PDA ligation, severe pulmonary hypertension, ASD; hospitalized a total of 9 months. Trach and vented at home. ( watching your child endure this and being completely helpless, away from other child and their father. Quit working to be with him. )

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New Jersey
Child born with Autism and I had been on SSRIs during pregnancy.

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My son is now 6, has moderate to severe social and emotional issues, and I am told he may never be able to live independently. He requires daily medications to help control the violent and highly emotional outbursts, a special para professional teacher is required, and special classroom. He will most likely require assisted living his entire life.
He has assaulted teachers, siblings, his own mother, and multiple friends and family.

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I had a premature baby in 2001 with severe breathing problems. No one said it was zoloft then. I had a baby with lung problems in Dec 2006 with breathing problems while taking zoloft and the baby doctor said it was probably due to zoloft and I could not even breastfeed him because of the medicine in my system.

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My son was born on 03-16-2004 and he was not breathing. They had to recesitate him and found him to also have residual wet lung disease. My son has pectus excavatum, which is a lung and heart "deformity" I guess you would call it. He also has had some type of brain damage which had to be in uterus and caused oral and verbal apraxia.

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North Carolina
My son was born with severe gastroentestinal problems. His esophageal sphincter does not close properly, therefore his milk came straight back up undigested. He was sent to a GI specialist and many tests were done. He was diagnosed with gastroesophgeal reflux disease. He is 8 years old now and has had to take medication everyday of his life and still vomits frequently. If he eats before going to bed, he will throw up in his sleep and never wake up to realize it.

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Our last son is one of 4 children that we have. He was born with Trisomy 9p which is a rare chromosome disorder rendering him physically and mentally challenged. Needless to say, it has been a struggle to function like a normal family, but we do the best we can. It's very difficult to find the appropriate care and therapies that he needs. Plus, the amount of time he requires for care leaves my wife bound to the home.

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My son is now 5 years old and was born May 1, 2002 and had several heart defects called Shone's Complex. He had surgery to repair a coarctation of the aorta at 7 days old and open heart at almost 4 months old for an ASD and a VSD. He had an open PDA at birth and had to take medicine to close it. He also has a leak in his Mitral Valve that has to be checked regularly by his cardiologist at a children's hospital. He has developmental delays in speech and physical and has to take therapy. He has to be in a special education school in kindergarden. The doctor does not know what his future prognosis is.


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