The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has determined that a group of anti-depressants used to treat depression, anxiety and mood disorders, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs, can cause serious birth defects or even death when taken by certain pregnant women. The group of anti-depressants that causes birth defects includes Celexa, Fluvoxamine, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Symbyax and Zoloft.
The most common birth defect is Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension. Studies have repeatedly shown that pregnant women who took these SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have a baby with Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension.
Other less likely birth defects caused by SSRIs include atrial septal defects(ASD), ventricular sepatal defects(VSD), tetralogy of fallot, heart valve defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome(HLHS), cardiomyopathy, and patent ductus arteriosus(PDA).
Expectant mothers who took these SSRIs and delivered babies with these birth defects would be well advised to seek legal counsel.
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