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Abdominal Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning stating that women who use the antidepressant Zoloft while pregnant are more likely to give birth to a child with serious birth defects including abdominal defects, heart defects, and cranial defects.

A 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that women using Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the risk of having a child with abdominal birth defects such as omphalocele. Additional abdominal birth defects that can occur as a result of Zoloft use during pregnancy include gastroschisis, cloacal exstrophy, and hyydronephrosis.

Zoloft antidepressants have also been linked to heart and cranial birth defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects and craniosynostosis. Despite the reports of birth defects linked to Zoloft use during pregnancy, the FDA has not issued a recall of the drug.

If you or someone you love used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with abdominal defects or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. To speak with an experienced Zoloft attorney about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free consultation. You can reach us by calling 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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