Children born to women who use Lexapro during pregnancy may face an increased risk of serious heart defects or other congenital birth defects. Lexapro is part of a class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
According to a 2006 warning by the Food and Drug Administration, women who use SSRIs such as Lexapro are six times more likely to give birth to a child with primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) than users of other antidepressants. Children with PPHN suffer from circulatory problems that may require surgery and can be fatal.
Two studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2007 found that the children of women who used Lexapro or other SSRI antidepressants while pregnant may be twice as likely to suffer from other congenital birth defects. These conditions included anencephaly (birth without a part of the brain), omphalocele (babies who are born with some organs outside the body), craniosynostosis (sutures of the skull closing prematurely) and other birth defects.
If you or a loved one took Lexapro or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects such as PPHN or other birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling our toll-free numbers at 1-888-776-5552, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this screen.