Recently, the connection between SSRI antidepressants such as Lexapro and serious birth defects has become increasingly apparent. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a medication that is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders, and has been linked to serious birth defects including congenital heart defects, lung defects, and abdominal birth defects, when taken by pregnant women.
If you used Lexapro or another SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a serious congenital birth defect, you may be entitled to significant compensation in a Lexapro lawsuit. A birth defect lawyer from our firm can help you review your legal options and establish a strong case.
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Lexapro, approved by the FDA in 2002, is also known as Cipralex, Seroplex, Lexamil, and Lexam. In addition to its use as an antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication, this drug is also prescribed off-label as a smoking cessation aid. Lexapro has been found to increase the risk of serious birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
Atrial septal heart defects and ventricular septal heart defects are possible side effects of Lexapro when taken during pregnancy. These defects are holes in the walls that separate the chambers of the heart, and can be life-threatening.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine links Lexapro to PPHN. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of Newborns (PPHN) is a serious birth defect that can lead to shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, organ damage, kidney failure, seizures, and even death.
Omphalocele and other gastrointestinal birth defects have been associated with Lexapro taken by expecting mothers. An omphalocele is a birth defect that causes an infant’s organs to protrude outside of the body in the area of the naval.
In addition to the above-mentioned birth defects, Lexapro has been linked to the following congenital birth defects:
Many of the birth defects related to Lexapro use occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women may not yet know they are pregnant. For this reason, physicians prescribing SSRI antidepressants to any woman of childbearing age are warned to exercise extreme caution and to explore potential alternatives.
In many cases, pregnant women are not adequately warned of the risk medications may pose to their babies. A number of families victimized by Lexapro birth defects have opted to file lawsuits in pursuit of significant compensation for medical bills and other damages. If you used Lexapro or another SSRI during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, you and your family may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact our product liability law firm today for a free review and evaluation of your claim by an experienced attorney.
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