Lawyer warns that antidepressants may affect fetal neural

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) 7 November 2011 The attorneys at Bubalo Rotman PLC have worked with many situations where prescription drugs have had a damagi...


Louisville, KY (PRWEB) 7 November 2011

The attorneys at Bubalo Rotman PLC have worked with many situations where prescription drugs have had a damaging effect on the heart and lung development of unborn children. Now there is new evidence that prescription antidepressants can affect the neural development of babies. This is a warning that can not be taken lightly, according to Julie Ferraro, personal injury attorney.

studies from 2005 have shown that pregnant women taking the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil and Prozac during pregnancy to a significantly increased risk of having a baby with are severe heart or other birth defects. The studies show an increased risk in the first and third trimesters. For example, the FDA Public Health Advisory on 8 December 2005 on the basis of U.S. and Swedish studies show that exposure to certain antidepressants are taken during the first trimester of pregnancy with an increased risk of heart-related birth defects. Most of the heart disease were observed in these studies, atrial or ventricular septal defects, not fully developed in which the wall between the right and left sides of the heart.


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July 2006, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory for SSRIs, in a study that suggests it can be additional risks of SSRI medications during pregnancy is based. In this study, PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn) six times more common in babies whose mothers an SSRI antidepressant after the 20th Week of the pregnancy compared to babies whose mothers did not take an antidepressant. Another study showed that mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy gave birth to babies who experienced withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, tremors, gastrointestinal problems and sleep disorders.


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suggests a study in the July 2011 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry published an association between the use of SSRIs in the year before delivery and an increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. Researchers found that when SSRIs in the last 12 months were used before delivery, doubles the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. If SSRIs during the first trimester were used, however, quadrupled that risk. Researchers suggest that further studies should be conducted to replicate the results.

There is controversy about the safety of these drugs, since the long-term effects on the baby are still unknown. If you took any SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy and your baby suffered any type of birth defect, you may qualify for damages or remedies that can be awarded in a possible lawsuit.

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