Complications Associated With SSRI Antidepressants

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are an antidepressant. Some women who took this type of drug during pregnancy produced offspring with serious birth defects. If your child was born with a defect, you deserve an attorney who understands the challenges you and your child face and will fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Examples of SSRIs

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are a type of antidepressant used to treat depression. They are also used to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Nefazodone (Serzone)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Expectant mothers who decide to stop taking these medications may suffer serious side effects. Patients who abruptly stop taking  SSRIs often experience antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. There are many symptoms, including insomnia, chronic nausea, flu-like symptoms, hyperarousal (a heightened state of psychological and physical tension).

SSRIs could cause birth defects and increase the risks of health complications in newborns

Early studies of the effects of SSRIson unborn and newborn children suggest a link to persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns, according to the Mayo Clinic. Other conditions include:

  • Anencephaly, or incomplete skull and brain formation
  • Craniosynostosis, a birth complication involving sutures in newborns' heads closing prematurely
  • Omphalocele, when a baby's intestines protrude from the belly button

Other studies have also suggested connections with an increased likelihood of miscarriage and low birth weight.

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