The antidepressant Prozac has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects and serious heart defects among children whose mothers took the drug during pregnancy. Prozac is part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which also includes Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro.
According to a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who take Prozac or other SSRIs during the third trimester of pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to children with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) than women who did not take SSRIs. Children born with PPHN suffer from potentially fatal circulatory problems.
The use of Prozac during pregnancy has also been linked to other types of birth defects. A 2007 study also published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that children born to women who used SSRIs including Prozac during the first trimester of pregnancy are more than twice as likely to suffer anencephaly (absence of part of the brain or skull), omphalocele (abdominal organs sticking out of the belly button) and craniosynostosis (early closing of sutures in the infant’s skull).
If you or a loved one took Prozac while pregnant and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.