Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) revolutionized the treatment of depression beginning about 25 years ago. But in recent years, these drugs have been linked to cardiac defects in babies born to mothers who took SSRIs during their first trimester of pregnancy. The drugs have also been linked to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). But in this case, the disease correlated with taking the SSRIs after the 20 week of pregnancy. While still extremely useful drugs, their use to treat pregnant women can cause birth defects.
They are many class-action lawsuits seeking compensation for these children’s disease and deformities. If you have a child with cardiac defects or who experienced the effects of PPHN and you took an SSRI during pregnancy, you should contact an attorney to see if your child is due compensation from the drug companies.
SSRIs include citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline sold under 19 brand names, including Celexa, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.