Studies have shown that the antidepressant Effexor is associated with a risk of harm to the fetus when taken during pregnancy. Children who are born to women who use Effexor during pregnancy may face an increased risk of heart defects or other congenital birth defects.
The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has been linked to serious heart defects, including atrial septal defects (ASD), ventral septal defects (VSD) and primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). According to several studies, women who take certain antidepressants while pregnant may be two to six times more likely to give birth to a child with one of these conditions.
Antidepressant use among pregnant women has been linked to a number of other birth defects, including cardiomyopathy, craniosynostosis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), omphalocele, bicuspid aortic valve, anencephaly and cleft mitral valve.
If you or a loved one used Effexor during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects such as ASD, VSD, PPHN or other congenital birth defects, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-888-776-5552, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.