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The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families who believe the antidepressant Lexapro caused their child to be born with a birth defect. Millions of people, including pregnant women, have been prescribed Lexapro, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSRI). Studies have shown that taking Lexapro or another SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy increases the likelihood that a baby will be born with a birth defect, including:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Aorta coarctation
- Heart defects
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
- Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
- Club foot
- Spina bifida
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP have extensive experience fighting for the rights of people injured by defective drugs. We understand how having a child with a birth defect, especially one that may have been preventable, can devastate a family. While nothing can truly make up for what happened to your child, filing a Lexapro birth defect lawsuit can ensure that you have access to the money you need to take care of your baby’s current and future medical and educational needs. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations to any family who believes Lexapro caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the Lexapro birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle today.
Lexapro and Birth Defects
Lexapro, manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals, was brought to market in 2002. Lexapro is used to treat major depression and general anxiety disorder, and by 2007 was the second most commonly-prescribed antidepressant on the market, with 29.6 million prescriptions filled. In 2010, Forest Laboratories paid out $313 million in damages under the False Claims Act for illegally marketing Lexapro and another SSRI, Celexa, to children and for paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe the drugs.
In February 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that babies exposed to SSRI antidepressants in the last trimester of pregnancy were six times more likely to be born with PPHN than babies who were not exposed. Other studies that have pointed to a link between SSRIs and birth defects include:
- A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that linked SSRI drugs to neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly.
- In 2007, the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants published an article in the NEJM which reported a link between SSRI antidepressants and cranial and abdominal birth defects.
- Another 2007 study published in the NEJM found that children born to pregnant women who took an SSRI were three times more likely to suffer right ventricular defects than women who did not take the drug. The study also found that these children may be at an increased risk of other cardiac defects.
- A 2011 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before delivery. That risk was four times higher in women who took SSRIs during their first trimester.
Lexapro Birth Defects Lawyers
Despite this birth defect risk, studies show that more than 80,000 pregnant women are prescribed SSRI antidepressants like Lexapro in the U.S. in any given year. Most birth defects occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, before many women are even aware they are pregnant.
Learn More About Filing A Lexapro Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Lexapro might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Lexapro birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.