New Study Reaffirms Link Between SSRIs and Birth Defects

A new study has just been released, reaffirming the link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and birth defects. The study is entitled, “The risks of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor use in infertile women: a review of the impact on fertility, pregnancy, neonatal health and beyond,” and it sheds even more light on a problem that we have been investigating for years.

At Nadrich & Cohen LLP, our Southern California personal injury lawyers have assisted victims of SSRI birth defects in California and all across the nation. While the link between these popular antidepressants and birth defects is still highly debated, new evidence continues to mount with each new study, further indicating that the connection can no longer be ignored; not by the drug companies, not by the Food and Drug Administration, and certainly not by the innocent women who unsuspectingly take these drugs to treat their depression.

SSRI’s include such popular antidepressants as Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft. The new study, published on October 31, 2012, appears in the journal Human Reproduction, and further demonstrates what we have been warning for years: women who take SSRIs like Prozac and Zoloft are at an elevated risk of giving birth to infants with birth defects.

Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the study is its conclusion that the risk not only applies to women taking SSRIs during pregnancy, but also to women who took SSRIs before getting pregnant. So even if a woman immediately stops taking the drugs upon learning of her expectancy, she is still not exempt from the birth defect risk.

The specific risks include elevated risk of miscarriage, preterm births, newborn behavioral syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension in the infant, and even ongoing behavioral problems after the birth of the child. If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about alternatives to SSRI drugs.

If you have experienced birth defects after taking Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac or a similar SSRI, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. But you need to act quickly. The Southern California personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients, and we aggressively represent each client in order to level the playing field against the big drug companies.

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