In recent years, clinical studies have linked numerous antidepressant medications including Zoloft to birth defects and other complications if taken by women who are pregnant. Women who take Zoloft or other antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) at any point during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with serious congenital heart deformities or other complications at birth.
Zoloft, also available as the generic drug sertraline, is listed as a Pregnancy Category C medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is approved for the treatment of clinical depression and certain anxiety disorders.
Unfortunately, it has been discovered that taking Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects, especially if the medication is taken during the third trimester, yet women may have been unaware of the risks associated with Zoloft treatment.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Birth defects linked to the use of Zoloft during pregnancy include:
- Atrial septal defects (ASD)
- Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
Filing Zoloft Lawsuits
Many women may have been unaware of the health risks associated with taking Zoloft or other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy. Individuals who have taken Zoloft or other SSRI medications during pregnancy and given birth to a child with heart defects or other birth complications are encouraged to contact an attorney to discuss legal options. Please fill out the form on this page to learn more about Zoloft litigation.
Filing a lawsuit against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Zoloft, can help victims locate compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering associated with possible Zoloft birth complications. The company could face billions of dollars in damages associated with the drug's potential to cause potentially-fatal heart defects and other complications.
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