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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.

Interested in exploring your legal options?

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.

The Injurious Link Between SSRI Antidepressants and Birth Defects

By | Antidepressant, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published September 13, 2012 on Carey & Danis

The Injurious Link Between SSRI Antidepressants and Birth DefectsA grave conundrum is presented to women who suffer from depression during pregnancy. There are significant mental and physical health issues that must be considered in regards to medicating with a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant such as Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Symbyax, Paxil, Zoloft, or Prozac while pregnant. Ending use of an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s mental health as well as to the unborn child, depending on when discontinuance of the medication occurs.

If an SSRI antidepressant was taken by the pregnant mother into the third trimester, it has been discovered that these antidepressant medications leach through the placental sack, thus exposing the unborn child to the drugs, often causing a chemical attachment resulting in withdrawal upon the child’s birth or the mother’s sudden termination of SSRI use.Signs of withdrawal in the newborn child are irritable mood, breathing complications, trembling, feeding problems, and hypoglycemia.

In recognition of these withdrawal symptoms in newborn children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 released a warning in regards to the use of SSRI antidepressants by pregnant women in their third trimester. In their statement, the FDA made the recommendation that pregnant women medicating with an SSRI antidepressant be placed on a schedule which over time would gradually lower their dosage of an antidepressant.

Though this FDA warning and recommendation was targeted at the prevention of withdrawal symptoms in the newborn child, such near termination of SSRI antidepressant use by the pregnant mother was seen to cause serious mental health issues including a severe episode of postpartum depression. Drug withdrawal is not the only source of suffering inflicted on an unborn child exposed to SSRI antidepressants.

Epidemiology magazine examined in their May 2012 issue a recent study on the health of pregnant mothers using SSRI antidepressants. The study found that there is a significant link between the use of an SSRI antidepressant and pre-term delivery. In this specific study led by the Yale School of Public Health, the SSRI under examination was Paxil. Use of Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants while pregnant have also been linked to a number of other birth defects that cause an undue amount of suffering for a newborn child. These SSRI-linked birth defects include Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), omphalocele, craniosynostosis, atrial septal defects, and ventricular septal defects.

If an SSRI antidepressant was used during pregnancy and a newborn child suffered from a birth defect, compensation for such unfair suffering is due. Contact a knowledgeable pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe for more information about filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Symbyax, Paxil, Zoloft, or Prozac.

FDA Announces 10 Drugs With Severe Birth Defect Warnings

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted January 10, 2012 

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 01/10/2012 The drugs found on this list went through multiple tests, research experiments, and survey before the FDA classified them as dangerous to babies during pregnancy.

Zoloft (sertraline), a popular antidepressant known as a “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” (SSRI), is linked to dangerous side effects in users and serious birth defects (including, heart murmur, hole in the heart and other serious heart defects) if taken by pregnant women. Since 2006, the FDA has warned against the use of Zoloft and other SSRIs in pregnant mothers.

Paxil (paroxetine), one of the most widely prescribed SSRI’s for depression in adults has also been associated with serious side effects in men and women and very dangerous birth defects like heart defects that can result in death if taken by pregnant women. Also part of the 2006 study of SSRI side effects, Paxil has been identified by the FDA to be dangerous for women who are pregnant or who become pregnant.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is probably the most popular anti-depressant and SSRI prescribed by physicians over the past decade and is considered by the FDA to be highly dangerous for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Side effects of Prozac include heart defects, cleft palate/cleft lip, and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN).

Celexa (citalopram), one of the more recent brand-named SSRI’s used to treat depression, was identified by the FDA in 2011 as being linked to very serious side effects as well as birth defects. The FDA issued a warning to adults who took higher dosages of Celexa that they are at a greater risk of deadly heart conditions including fatal heart rhythm problems. Consumer Reports released an article on the study as well.

Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride), was identified by the FDA in 2009 to have links to dangerous side effects and potentially fatal birth defects. A public health advisory was released by the FDA pointing out that Wellbutrin, Chantix and Zyban may increase the risk of suicide and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is prescribed by doctors to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder and is in the group of medications classified as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Similar to Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac, Lexapro has been linked to serious and dangerous side effects including thoughts of suicide in adults and heart defects in children from mothers who have taken these products.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug that was approved by the FDA and released on the market in 2004 as an another SSRI. Since then it has been shown to have a direct correlation with permanent and dangerous birth defects including abdominal birth defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, limb defects and genital defects.

Diflucan (fluconazole), a powerful anti-fungal medication prescribed to women with yeast infections and other types of fungal infections in the body and organs, may be associated with rare but very serious side effects and birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with Diflucan. The FDA reported the following possible birth defects: mis-shaped head, cleft palate/cleft lip, joint deformities and congenital heart disease and heart defects.

Topamax (topiramate) is an anti-seizure drug used to treat epileptics and is also prescribed for adults suffering migraine headaches. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened their warning based on new data that links Topamax to severe birth defects when used while pregnant. If you or someone you know has taken or is currently taking Topamax, it is strongly urged by the FDA to discuss alternative treatments for seizures and migraines.

Depakote (divalproex sodium), another popular anti-seizure drug prescribed by doctors to treat epileptic seizures, has been reported in some studies to be linked to severe birth defects and side effects. Birth defects identified in these studies include: holes in the heart, abnormal skull formation, cleft palate/cleft lip, and spina bifida.

If you or someone close to you have taken any of the above drugs and have experienced any of the following birth defects contact a Birth Defect Attorney immediately to discuss your options.

  • Hole in Heart
  • Heart Defects
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Club Foot, Fetal Death
  • Anal Atresia
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)Lung Disease/Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Limb Defect/Genital Defect
  • Ventrical Outflow Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • A Ventrical Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension in newborn (PPHN)
  • Additional Conditions Included…

Anyone who has taken any prescribed medications during pregnancy should discuss their options with a licensed birth defect lawyer immediately. They may be entitled to financial compensation.