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There is Hope for Those Who have Zoloft Birth Defects

Some of the mothers who took the drug Zoloft while pregnant have discovered that their joy of having a newborn baby turned to horror once they discovered their child has been born with Zoloft birth defects. Studies have shown that taking this prescription medication during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with increased odds of birth defects such as omphalocele, septal defects, anal atresia and limb reduction. If you have taken the drug while pregnant and now your child is suffering from birth defects, then you need to contact a Zoloft attorney immediately.

Zoloft is an antidepressant that is classed as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is marketed by Pfizer, Inc. and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991. It was supposed to only treat:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Panic Disorders

The Federal Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications issued a rare warning to Pfizer, Inc. to stop marketing Zoloft for non-label uses in 1996. On top of this, some users discovered that pregnancy and Zoloft is a bad combination that has resulted in a number of very serious birth defects. Now many mothers and children are facing major difficulties in their lives because of this and may feel they have nowhere to turn. However, an attorney skilled with Zoloft cases can help. At Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC, we have the knowledge base and skill it takes to make sure you get the compensation you need from Zolofts manufacturers.

The manufacturers of the medication have not admitted to either doctors or patients that there could be Zoloft birth defects as a result of mothers taking the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. This means they have placed themselves in a position for a Zoloft lawsuit. Paxil has received most of the attention for lawsuits relating to mothers taking antidepressants while pregnant and then giving birth to children with birth defects. However, a 2006 study that linked Paxil to persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in newborns also linked Zoloft as well.

In fact, there are multiple types of birth defects that have been associated with Zoloft usage during the first trimester of pregnancy, including:

  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Interrupted Aortic Arch
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Craniosyntosis
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Anal Atresia
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Hypospadias
  • Undescended Testes
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Clubbed Foot
  • Cleft Lip
  • PPHN
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale

Zoloft birth defects also mean that the child could face a lifetime of medical expenses and possibly miss out on participating in normal activities. This is a tragic consequence for a child whose mother was just trying to get help for themselves and instead inadvertently hurt them as a result of manufacturers negligence. Get help from Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC today.

For more on what to do if your child has Zoloft birth defects, contact our offices today and talk to a professional attorney. Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has experienced attorneys on staff who know how to combat pharmaceutical companies effectively. Give us a call today.

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Could Your Loved One Be Suffering from Zoloft Birth Defects?

[Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Chandler Law]

Zoloft birth defects are more common than many people realize. If, as a mother, you or your loved one took this medication during pregnancy, it may have caused birth defects, according to recent studies. In one study or more than 10,000 children born with defects, as many as 6000 of those mothers took this medication during pregnancy. This medication, which is a common prescription medication used to treat depression, increases the risk of having a child born with complications such as heart defects. If you are in this situation, you may be able to do something about it now.

Who Is At Risk?

Those who are taking Zoloft during the first few weeks of pregnancy, through the first trimester, are most at risk of having children born with some type of birth defect. Birth defects attributed to this condition include septal defects, omphalocele, limb reduction and anal atresia. If your child was born with one of these conditions or another defect and you were taking Zoloft even for a short period at the start of your pregnancy, talk to an attorney today about your options.

Doctors have known about the risks of Zoloft birth defects for a long time. The manufacturer issued a warning against non-approved use of the medication in 1996, though some doctors continue to use it for the wrong reasons. When taken for the wrong reasons during the first trimester, it can cause birth defects in your child.

What If You Are Taking This Medication Now?

When it comes to pregnancy and Zoloft, women should not take the risk. If at all possible, discuss the options with your doctor for using a safer antidepressant or not using any at all, during pregnancy. However, you should not just stop taking the medication without first speaking to your doctor. Those who take this medication often suffer from serious conditions including panic disorders, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and other, related conditions. As an antidepressant, it works well, but with pregnancy, it can put your child's health at risk.

What to Do Now

If you took this medication, the first step is to talk to your doctor about Zoloft birth defects that could occur. Then, speak to an attorney about your condition. Many of those who have children born with birth defects are entitled to compensation as it relates to this condition. However, you do have to report your condition to an attorney to file a claim.

There is no amount of money that can make up for the suffering your child may go through, but through an effort with your attorney, it may be possible to prevent this from happening to others. Zoloft birth defects are a real threat to many unborn children and many women have no idea they are putting their child at risk. Discuss your medication use and needs with your doctor first. Then, talk to an attorney about what your options are.

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