Zoloft is one of the most popular medications prescribed for health concerns such as obsessive compulsive disorder and depression but it also comes with plenty of warnings and health risks that patients need to be aware of. Since its release in 1991 there have been several warnings issued by the FDA and several studies conducted by independent research organizations linking Zoloft to serious health issues in children, adults and babies.
One of the biggest warnings surrounds the increased risk of birth defects in newborns whose mother has taken Zoloft while pregnant. Many pregnant women were not aware of the risks involved in taking Zoloft while pregnant and some even switched to this medication after being told it was the safest alternative.
If your child has suffered a birth defect and you were taking Zoloft during the pregnancy, then you could be eligible for compensation through a lawsuit filed against the manufacturers of Zoloft, Pfizer Incorporated. Read the facts and speak to a Zoloft attorney about your legal rights and options.
Zoloft has been proven to increase the risk of some birth defects by as much as 600 percent. This is a very scary statistics. Some of the birth defects that have been linked to Zoloft include:
- Heart and lung defects such as PPHN, ASD/VSD, Atrial Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defect
- Brain defects
- Cranial defects such craniosynostosis
- Facial defects such as cleft lip and palate
- Club foot and leg deformity
- Neural tube defect
- Skeletal defects such as spina bifida
- Abdominal defects
There have been several warnings issued by the FDA and independent researchers in the past few years. These include:
- In 2005, the FDA issued a warning that SSRI drugs like Zoloft used during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risks of certain heart defects in infants. These heart defects include atrial septal defects (ASD) and ventral septal defects (VSD).
- In 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that proved that women taking Zoloft during pregnancy had a 600 percent increase of having an infant with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- In 2007, the Aarhus University in Denmark released a study that demonstrated that women taking Zoloft during their pregnancy had a 300 percent increase that baby would be born with a heart defect.
- In 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine published research that links SSRI drugs like Zoloft to other birth defects such as anencephaly and spina bifida which occur when the brain or spine do not fully develop.
- Another study in 2007, published by the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants linked Zoloft and other SSRI drugs to birth defects such as cranial Omphalocele, Craniosynostosis and Cleft lips and palates
- Finally, a recent study by the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and the Institute of Reproductive Toxicology at the University of Ulm, Germany has linked Zoloft to an increased risk of club
If your child has suffered from any serious health conditions or birth defect while you were pregnant and taking Zoloft, then you may have a case for a lawsuit against the manufacturers of this drug. For more information contact the McEwen Law Firm toll free at 1-800-732-3070.