The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that the use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects. Multiple studies have confirmed the link between Zoloft and birth defects, regardless of whether the drug is taken during the early stages or final weeks of pregnancy.
Studies by the New England Journal of Medicine have found that Zoloft can increase the risk of serious heart defects when used during pregnancy. Pregnant women who take Zoloft are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and twice as likely to give birth to a child with septal defects or ventricular outflow tract defects.
Children whose mothers used Zoloft while pregnant are also more likely to suffer from other side effects caused by the drug. Other birth defects that may be caused by Zoloft include coarctation of the aorta, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, transposition of the great arteries, anencephaly, cardiomyopathy, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Tetralogy of Fallot, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), bicuspid aortic valve, tricuspid stenosis or cleft mitral valve.
Despite numerous studies linking Zoloft and birth defects, the FDA has not announced plans to recall Zoloft. However, patients who gave birth to a child with heart defects or other side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to find out if you may qualify for a Zoloft lawsuit. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.