Problems With SSRI Antidepressants

There have been reports of a link between certain types of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and children born with a variety of birth defects.

If your baby was born with a birth defect and you were taking these types of drugs, you should consult an attorney about your legal options. At our Columbus law firm, Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we know you have questions. We're here to provide answers.

We are ready to search for the facts behind your baby's pain and suffering. Simply dial 1-800-ELK-OHIO to begin a free, no-obligation case analysis. If you become a client of an Elk & Elk attorney for antidepressant birth defects, you'll owe us nothing unless we achieve a successful result for you.

Types of SSRIs

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are a type of antidepressant used to treat symptoms of depression as well as symptoms related to anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder, among others. Drugs in this class include:

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

Suddenly stopping SSRIs could lead to flulike symptoms

Elk & Elk's Columbus SSRI antidepressant attorneys found out that patients who abruptly cease an SSRI regimen often experience "antidepressant discontinuation syndrome," which is marked by:

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic nausea
  • Flulike symptoms
  • Hyperarousal (a heightened state of psychological and physical tension)
  • Other symptoms, alone or in combination

SSRIs taken during pregnancy could increase miscarriages and health risks to newborns

Studies of the effects of SSRIs in unborn and newborn children originated in the mid-2000s. Earlier studies suggested a connection between SSRIs and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborn babies, according to articles on file at the Mayo Clinic. Other conditions have been recognized, including:

  • Anencephaly
  • 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 indicate a connection between SSRIs and greater chances of miscarriage and low birth weight.

Call for a free consultation if you took SSRIs during your pregnancy

You need an experienced, hardworking attorney to fight for your family's rights and help ensure your injured baby has the best chance at a normal life.

Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO (1-800-355-6446) or take a few minutes to contact us online to get our lawyers, investigators, doctors, nurses and life care consultants busy on your case.