Paxil and Zoloft Birth Defects Lawyers

by Mikal C. Watts on 01/18/2012

Name-brand Paxil and Zoloft are often prescribed as safe for mothers to take during their pregnancies to treat depression, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other conditions. Paxil and Zoloft are in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). 

Paxil and Zoloft have been linked to serious birth defects including:
  • Heart Defects
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Abdonimal Defects (omphalocele)
  • Skull Defects (craniosynostosis, “cloverleaf skull”)
  • Neural-Tube Defects (spina bifida, anencephaly)
  • Club Foot
  • Anal Atresia

Studies indicate that women taking Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy were more likely to have babies with heart defects.  The most common Paxil heart defects are atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects, which are holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart. The risk of developing a heart defect for babies exposed to Paxil in utero was double that of the general population.


While Zoloft also causes the heart defects mentioned above, the most common Zoloft birth defect is PPHN. PPHN causes infants to have difficulty making the transition from breathing inside the womb to normal breathing after delivery. This often leads to failure of the respiratory system that requires mechanical ventilation. Only 10-20 percent of babies born with PPHN survive even after getting treatment. The FDA has warned pregnant women that Zoloft can cause PPHN if taken after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Other drugs in this class of SSRIs to avoid during pregnancy are: Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, and Wellbutrin, to name a few.

If you or a loved one took Paxil, Zoloft, or any other prescription drug while pregnant, and your baby was born with a skull, heart, lung, or abdominal birth defect, please contact our experienced dangerous drug birth defect lawyers today for a free legal consultation. Lifelong medical care is very costly, and the drug companies should pay for it. Contact the birth defects legal team of Watts Guerra Craft today.

Tags: Pharmaceutical Mass Torts, Zoloft Birth Defects, Paxil Birth Defects

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