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What is the link between Zoloft and heart defects?

Studies have found that the use of Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of serious heart defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), ventricular outflow tract defects and septal defects. Pregnant women who use Zoloft may also face an increased risk of giving birth to a child with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta, transposition of the great arteries, bicuspid aortic valve, cleft mitral valve, tricuspid stenosis or cardiomyopathy.

What other birth defects are associated with using Zoloft during pregnancy?

In addition to the link between heart defects and Zoloft, the children of women who use the antidepressant during pregnancy may face an increased risk of other birth defects, including anencephaly, craniosynostosis and omphalocele.

Has the Food and Drug Administration issued any warnings about Zoloft?

The FDA warned in 2006 about the risk of birth defects from Zoloft after a study showed that women who used Zoloft while pregnant are six times more likely to give birth to a child with PPHN.

Is it safe to use Zoloft during pregnancy?

Researchers have found that Zoloft users are two to six times more likely to give birth to a child with certain birth defects. The FDA has advised that women speak to their doctor about the risks of continuing to use Zoloft once they are pregnant.

How long do I need to be off of Zoloft before getting pregnant?

Patients taking Zoloft and who want to become pregnant may wish to speak with their doctors in order to determine when it is safe to do so. The FDA has warned that the use of Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of several birth defects, including heart defects such as ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome and septal defects. However, because of the risks associated with stopping treatment for depression, the FDA advised patients to consult with their doctors before halting treatment with Zoloft or other antidepressants.

Has the FDA announced plans to issue a Zoloft recall?

Despite numerous studies linking Zoloft to serious and potentially fatal heart defects, neither the FDA or the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, have announced plans to issue a Zoloft recall.

Am I eligible to file a Zoloft lawsuit?

To find out if you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, contact the Zoloft 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.

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