Our lawyers are filing lawsuits on behalf of infants and parents affected by birth defects linked to Zoloft® (sertraline) antidepressant medication. If your child is born with a birth defect and you were prescribed Zoloft® during your pregnancy, you might be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if you qualify, please contact our Zoloft® birth defect lawyers today.
Zoloft® and Pregnancy: Risk of Birth Defects
When a woman becomes pregnant, a range of emotions can be triggered that might make it more difficult to deal with depression. So, many women continue to take antidepressants during their pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking an antidepressant such as Zoloft®, there are risks you should be aware of. Certain antidepressants can increase an infant's risk of birth defects if he or she is exposed during fetal development. If you are taking Zoloft® and become pregnant or are thinking of getting pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about your options.
The risk of birth defects is real. Some of the birth defects that have occurred in infants whose mothers took Zoloft® while pregnant include:
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Septal heart defects
- Craniosynostosis, a defect that affects brain and skull growth
- Omphalocele, a birth defect that affects the abdominal organs
It is also believed that when a woman takes Zoloft® close to the end of her pregnancy, she may be putting her baby at risk of suffering withdrawal symptoms after birth. Withdrawal symptoms might include irritability and jitteriness.
Who Qualifies for a Zoloft® Birth Defect Lawsuit?
Anyone who gives birth to a baby with birth defects may be eligible to file a Zoloft® birth defect lawsuit if the defects can be linked to the medication. If your baby is born with a birth defect and you took Zoloft® (sertraline) during your pregnancy, you might qualify to seek compensation, especially if you were unaware of the risks.
Your doctor should explain the risks to you if you are of childbearing age or if you become pregnant while taking the medication. It is important to remember that only your doctor can determine if the birth defect risk outweighs the benefits of the drug. Depression can also take a negative toll on you and your baby if it is left untreated while you are pregnant.
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Birth defects can be devastating for an entire family and can create life-long challenges for the baby. If your baby is born with a defect, you and your family deserve to be compensated for the physical, emotional and financial challenges ahead. To find out more information, please contact a Zoloft® birth defect lawyer today. Our Zoloft® lawsuit lawyers provide free consultations for people that believe they might have a case.