A new study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that children taking Zoloft and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) may face a higher risk of suicidal thoughts. The antidepressants have been found to increase suicide attempts in children proportional to dosage and combining two different antidepressants.
Zoloft side effects can also negatively affect children born to mothers who use the SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy. These unborn children are in some cases six times more likely to suffer from Zoloft birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
Hundreds of parents have filed Zoloft birth defect lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer. The lawsuits allege that Pfizer failed to warn doctors and patients of the increased risks of birth defects associated with Zoloft, including omphalocele, anencephaly, cleft defects, heart defects and brain defects.