Infants suffering birth defects resulting from their mothers’ taking Lexapro, also known as Escitalopram, may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries by filing a Lexapro lawsuit against Lundbeck, the makers of the antidepressant. If you believe that the antidepressant medication Lexapro has harmed your child, a Florida defective drug lawyer may be able to help you file a Lexapro lawsuit and pursue a claim for damages. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI.
Birth defects from Lexapro are one of the latest in a series of anti-depressant side effects that are being studied. This is a cause of concern more because many of the side effects related to the class of drugs to which Lexapro belongs include side effects like miscarriage, cardiac defects, cleft lip and palate, clubfoot, limb defects, and more.
Lexapro belongs to a class of drugs known as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). The drug is prescribed to treat major depression and general anxiety disorder.
Birth Defects From Lexapro
Lexapro antidepressant medications and other SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have reportedly been linked to a possible risk of certain birth defects. The following are reported birth defects from Lexapro:
- Septal Heart Defects
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of Newborns (PPHN)
- Limb defects
- Anal Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skill defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Heart Murmur
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Mitral Valve
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Spina Bifida
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory on December 8, 2005 warning that the use of certain antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of heart birth defects. The advisory was based on U.S. and Swedish studies showing that exposure to certain antidepressants increased the risk of cardiac defects, including atrial and ventricular septal defects, conditions in which the wall between the right and left sides of the heart is not completely developed.
The FDA released a Health Advisory on July 19, 2006, alerting women to the risks associated with taking SSRIs while pregnant. The advisory was based on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that mothers who took SSRIs such as Lexapro during the second half of their pregnancy were six times more likely to have a baby with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn (PPHN) than those who did not take SSRIs late in pregnancy.
Lundbeck introduced Lexapro to the market in 2001 for use as an antidepressant, as well as in treating major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, and certain anxiety disorders.
Florida Lexapro Lawyers
If your child has suffered birth defects from Lexapro, a Florida personal injury attorney may be able to pursue a Lexapro lawsuit on your behalf. For more information, call (888) 444-8508 or fill out the free case evaluation form.