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Zoloft Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that the use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of serious birth defects in newborns. Multiple studies have confirmed that taking Zoloft while pregnant can significantly increase the risk of birth defects, including serious and potentially deadly heart defects.

According to a 2006 study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, 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), a serious and potentially fatal circulatory condition. Women who used similar antidepressants to Zoloft were also at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with PPHN.

A 2007 study also published by the NEJM found that women who used Zoloft or similar antidepressants at any point during their pregnancy were twice as likely to give birth to a child with heart defects. The most common form of heart defects recorded by the study were ventricular outflow defects and septal defects.

The study also found an increased risk of other forms of birth defects besides heart defects. According to researchers, children born to mothers who took Zoloft were twice as likely to suffer from craniosynostosis and six times more likely to suffer from omphalocele. These children may also suffer from a number of other birth defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, coarctation of the aortacardiomyopathy, anencephaly, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), tricuspid stenosis, cleft mitral valve or bicuspid aortic valve.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects such as PPHN or other birth defects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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