The use of Zoloft during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of heart defects and other congenital birth defects in newborns. Studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine have found that women who use the antidepressant while pregnant are two to six times more likely to give birth to a child with certain birth defects.
When taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, Zoloft users are twice as likely to give birth to a child with ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, ventricular septal defects or atrial septal defects. Women who use Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
Based on these findings, the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings which state that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women can increase the risk of birth defects in newborns. The agency advised Zoloft users who are pregnant or who may become so to speak with their doctors about the safety of the drug.
Dozens of Zoloft lawsuits have been filed on behalf of children who were born with birth defects after being exposed to Zoloft during pregnancy. Women who used Zoloft during their pregnancies and gave birth to a child with ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects, septal defects, PPHN or other conditions may wish to talk with a lawyer to find out if they are eligible to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other congenital birth defects, contact the law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP to receive a free legal consultation. 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.