Illinois and Missouri SSRI Lawyers

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are popular, commonly prescribed antidepressants or psychotherapeutic agents. The side effects from SSRIs are serious and can be severe, however. Potential birth defects and complications during birth are major concerns among women prescribed SSRIs, which include:

  • Celexa
  • Effexor
  • Fluoxetine
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Zyprexa

If you or a loved one has suffered any sort of drug injury or birth defect while on an SSRI, please contact us today at 618-656-5150 or toll free at 800-782-8492 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced St. Louis-area attorneys. We handle all pharmaceutical litigation on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing for our services unless we obtain a settlement or an award on your behalf.

At Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., we represent clients in Illinois and Missouri and from throughout the U.S. Our lawyers have been providing personalized, results-oriented service to pursue compensation in defective drug cases for 25 years. We fight for your rights and your recovery.

Birth Defects Caused by Antidepressants

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine in June 2007 found that use of SSRI drugs in the first trimester doubled the risk of club foot, anal atresia, diaphragmatic hernia and limb reduction defects.
  2. The National Birth Defects Prevention Study showed the risk of anencephaly, craniosynostosis and omphalocele were doubled with use of SSRIs.
  3. The FDA in July 2006 issued a warning that women who took SSRIs are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Potential SSRI Drug Birth Defects

  • Cardiac birth defects:
    • Septal heart defects
    • Pulmonary valve stenosis and left ventricular outflow defects
      • Aortic valve stenosis
      • Subvalvular aortic stenosis
      • Supravalvular aortic stenosis
  • Abdominal birth defects:
    • Omphalocele (organs on the outside of the body)
    • Gastroschisis (protruding intestines)
    • Pyloric stenosis (blockage preventing stomach from draining)
  • Cranial birth defects:
    • Craniosynostosis (joints in skull close prematurely)
    • Anencephaly (absence of a major portion of the brain, skull and scalp resulting in still birth)
  • Respiratory defects:
    • Particularly persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), which means the ductus arteriosus does not close and the baby’s blood flow bypasses the lungs like it did before birth (caused by third trimester exposure).
  • Other defects, including:
    • Club foot; cystic kidney; cleft lip and palate; spina bifida; hypospadias (abnormal opening in the penis); atresia (absence or abnormal closure) of the anus, esophagus or intestines.

These injuries are catastrophic in many cases, and the wounds are deep. Entire families must cope with physical and psychological injuries. The compensation we pursue on behalf of clients who have suffered because of SSRI drug defects are unique to each situation and family.

Contact Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.

Please contact us today to speak with a St. Louis-area SSRI attorney who can help you understand the legal options you deserve. Call our law firm at 618-656-5150 or toll free at 800-782-8492.