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Zoloft Cranial Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning stating that women who use the SSRI antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with serious birth defects including cranial defects such as craniosynostosis than women not taking the antidepressants.

According to researchers, children born to mothers who took Zoloft were twice as likely to suffer from craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis is a skull defect that occurs when at least one bone suture in the skull fuses prematurely, preventing the brain and head from growing normally. This causes the baby to have a misshapen head and increased intracranial pressure that generally requires surgery to correct.

The use of Zoloft antidepressants during pregnancy have also been linked to heart and abdominal birth defects including hypoplastic left heart syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), and omphalocele.

If you or someone you love used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with cranial defects or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. To speak with an 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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