Celexa® Birth Defect Lawyers
Our Celexa® birth defect lawyers are available to review claims on behalf of parents whose infants are born with birth defects, including heart defects, lung disorders, head and skull defects and other congenital malformations and birth injuries. Studies have shown that Celexa® and other SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft®, Paxil® and Prozac® increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
If your baby is born with one or more birth defects and you took Celexa® during your pregnancy, our Celexa® birth defect attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation for the pain and suffering you and your child have endured as well as the medical bills and other costs associated with the injury by filing a Celexa® birth defect lawsuit.
Please contact us to schedule a free review of your birth injury case.
SSRI Birth Defect Risk
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most commonly used drugs to treat depression in the United States. Health professionals believe that mood disorders like depression are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. SSRIs work by limiting the amount of serotonin absorbed in the brain, enabling the brain to have more serotonin left to help cells transmit information and restore balance.
Since 2005, evidence has shown that SSRIs may increase the risk of birth defects if taken during pregnancy. These defects include:
- Heart defects
- Abdominal wall defects
- Neural tube defects
- Head and skull malformations
- Limb reduction defects
Then, in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert to notify health care providers and consumers about the possible risk of a serious lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) in infants whose mothers took an SSRI such as Celexa® during their pregnancies.
The FDA based its warning on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine . "In this study PPHN was six times more common in babies whose mothers took an SSRI antidepressant after the 20th week of the pregnancy compared to babies whose mothers did not take an antidepressant," the FDA said in the alert.
How a Birth Defect Lawyer Can Help
A birth defect lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for your suffering if your child is born with a serious birth defect. Financial compensation cannot reserve the damage that has been done, but it can help you pay for the medical bills associated with your child's condition and can help him or her achieve the highest quality of life through proper care.
Our birth defect lawyers are advocates for families that are suffering due to drug-related birth defects. We recognize the sensitivity involved with these types of claims and work hard to help families recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. To schedule a free and private review of your case, please contact a Celexa® attorney today.