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New Study Links Prozac & Paxil with Birth Defects

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

ssri_birth_defectsA study published in the British Medical Journal links certain antidepressants with birth defects when used by pregnant women. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta led the study.

Researchers looked at selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of antidepressants often referred to as SSRIs. The SSRIs included in the study were Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft.

The researchers recorded an increase in birth defects in children whose mothers used Prozac or Paxil early in their pregnancy. They reviewed 28,000 pregnancies between 1997 and 2009.

When women used Paxil one month before or during their first trimester, the risk of birth defects increased. For anencephaly, or a deformation of the skull, the risk rose from 2 per 10,000 to 7 per 10,000. For heart defects, the risk rose from 10 per 10,000 to 24 per 10,000.

In their study, the researchers emphasized that the Prozac and Paxil birth defects risk is small, but their findings do show a link. In light of this link, they called for further studies into the use of SSRI antidepressants in pregnant women.

It is highly recommended to speak with an obstetrician and mental health professional in order to make an informed decision about using SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.

You are not alone.

At Carey Danis & Lowe, we understand the pain and suffering caused by birth defects. That’s why our team of experienced attorneys works tirelessly to recover losses for families impacted by Prozac birth defects or Paxil birth defects.

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Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today. We offer free case evaluations, during which we discuss your case, your compensation eligibility, and whether filing a Prozac or Paxil birth defects lawsuit is right for you.

You can reach our St. Louis law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to hearing from you, and offering you any assistance that we can.

Antidepressants & Pregnancy: Teen Files Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Prozac Birth Defects LawsuitHaving suffered from Prozac birth defects, a Scottish teen has filed a lawsuit targeting Prozac maker, Eli Lilly. According to an article about the teen that was published by the Scottish news service, The Daily Record, the teen’s mother had used Prozac during her pregnancy.

The family believes that Prozac exposure in the womb caused the boy’s birth defects, which include a cleft lip and spina bifida.

The Prozac birth defects lawsuit has been filed in a court in Florida.

The combination of antidepressants and pregnancy being the cause of birth defects is a firm one. Unfortunately, many children have suffered tremendously from exposure to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, a category of antidepressant that includes Prozac, in the womb.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized an association between Prozac and birth defects, and thus, has recommended that the use of Prozac during pregnancy should only occur when benefits outweigh risks.

However, for the mother of the Scottish teen, such an analysis of benefits and risks was never undertaken, since, at the time she was using Prozac in the ’90s, there was still little understanding of how the antidepressant affected children in the womb.

Legal Assistance

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that represents families whose lives have been impacted by the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.

If your child suffered from birth defects after being exposed to an SSRI antidepressant, such as Prozac, in the womb, we encourage you and your family to explore legal options and compensation eligibility today.

Our law firm offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form. We look forward to offering you and your family any assistance that we can.

UCLA SSRI Study Examines Pregnancy & Drugs

By | Lexapro, Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized, Zoloft

ssri_birth_defectsA UCLA study published in December 2014 examined the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during pregnancy. The researchers used lab mice to observe the effects of SSRI exposure in the womb, and how it impacts adult mice.

They observed that adult mice exposed to the SSRI, Lexapro, experienced a permanent change in serotonin transmission, whereas those adult mice exposed to Prozac in the womb, showed no signs of this permanent change.

The UCLA study examined a new side of SSRIs and pregnancy, one documenting the longterm implications of SSRI exposure in the womb, rather than the immediate.

The immediate implications of SSRI exposure in the womb, to a certain degree, are already known. Children have been born with life-changing congenital birth defects. These birth defects include atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, Omphalocele, Craniosynostosis, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm with a strong reputation for expertly assisting families through the challenges of recovering losses after a child has been born with SSRI birth defects. Our defective drug lawyers understand the pain and suffering these children and their families endure, and are available to help.

Explore your legal options and compensation eligibility today during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or submit a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you and your family any assistance that we can.

Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit News: Judge Rules to Include Plaintiff’s Accusations

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

prozac_lawsuit_prozac_birth_defects_litigation_settlementsIn the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, where a Prozac birth defects lawsuit is being heard, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ruled to maintain the plaintiff’s accusation of Eli Lilly’s Co.’s failure to warn. Furthermore, Judge Karlton found that the plaintiff’s additional claim that Prozac’s development betrayed Eli Lilly’s codes was sufficiently established, according to HarrisMartin. As such, evidence supporting these claims will be granted presentation in the court.

Carey Danis & Lowe Prozac lawyers believe that Judge Karlton’s decision to uphold the allegation of failure to warn is important. This means that the plaintiff has the opportunity to present a Prozac lawsuit in court that establishes Eli Lilly’s disregard for patient safety and neglectful business practices.

One of the most common Prozac birth defects is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a condition that affects normal lung function, resulting in a lack of properly oxygenated blood. In a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine in 2006, researchers found that the risk of PPHN increased six-fold in children whose mothers used a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, such as Prozac, during pregnancy.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm headquartered in St. Louis whose attorneys represent victims of SSRI birth defects. Our Prozac birth defects lawyers are currently offering free legal consultations of Prozac cases, and are available to discuss your legal options. We can also assist with filing a Prozac birth defects lawsuit.

If you have concerns about the impact Prozac has on children in the womb and after birth, receive thorough answers to your questions by discussing them with one of our on-staff medical experts. Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.