Zoloft and Pregnancy
Women who use the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a child with serious heart defects or other forms of birth defects. Multiple studies have established evidence of a link between Zoloft and birth defects, no matter which trimester of pregnancy the antidepressant is used.
According to a 2006 warning by the Food and Drug Administration, women who use Zoloft or similar antidepressants 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). PPHN is a serious circulatory condition that often requires surgery and can prove fatal.
Studies have also found an increased risk of birth defects among women who use Zoloft at the beginning of pregnancy. According to a 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who use Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with heart defects or other types of birth defects.
Among heart defects, Zoloft users were twice as likely to give birth to a child with left or right ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects or septal defects. Children of mothers who used Zoloft while pregnant were also twice as likely to suffer from craniosynostosis and six times more likely to suffer from omphalocele. Despite the risk of side effects from using Zoloft in pregnancy, the FDA has not announced plans to issue a recall of the drug.
If you or a loved one used Zoloft or another antidepressant while pregnant and gave birth to a child suffering from heart defects or other forms of birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.