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Zoloft Heart Defects

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that women who use the antidepressant Zoloft while pregnant are more likely to give birth to a child with serious and potentially fatal heart defects. Researchers have found that Zoloft increases the risk of heart defects, regardless of when it is taken during pregnancy.

The use of Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy may double the risk of heart defects, according to a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The most commonly reported heart defects among children involved in the study were ventricular outflow defects and septal defects. Researchers also found that first trimester use of Zoloft could increase the risk of other birth defects, including craniosynostosis and omphalocele.

When taken after the 20th week of pregnancy, Zoloft users are six-times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). This serious circulatory condition can cause problems in the child’s ability to pump oxygen throughout the body, oftentimes requiring corrective surgery.

Other heart defects in newborns that may be caused by Zoloft include hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), cleft mitral valve, tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta, transposition of the great arteries, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), cardiomyopathy, bicuspid aortic valve and tricuspid stenosis. Despite numerous studies linking Zoloft and heart defects, the FDA has not announced any plans to issue a recall of the drug.

If you or someone you love used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. To speak with an experienced attorney about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal 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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