Recent studies comparing the levels of sertraline (Zoloft) and its principal metabolite, desmethylsertraline, in mother's blood to their concentration in umbilical cord blood at the time of delivery indicated that fetal exposure to sertraline and its metabolite is approximately a third of the maternal exposure. The use of Zoloft (sertraline) during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with increased odds of the following birth defects: omphalocele (six-fold), anal atresia and limb reduction defects (four-fold), and septal defects (two-fold)
Other known birth defects & congenital heart defects to babies of women that take SSRI's during pregnancy include: Atrial or Ventricular Septal Defects (Holes in the Heart Wall), Heart Valve Defects, Neural Tube Defects such as Spina Bifida, PPHN, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Transposition of Great Arteries, Coartation of the Aorta, Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), Pulmonary Stenosis, Abdominal Defects / Omphalocele and Cranial Skull Defects / Craniosynostosis.
If your child was born with serious birth defects and the mother had taken prescribed Zoloft or any other antidepressants, anti-psychotic or seizure and/or epilepsy medications during all or part of her pregnancy, then call for a Free & Confidential Antidepressant Lawsuit Evaluation as you and your child may have a legal right to monetary compensation for damages and injuries.
All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis and the client is never charged an attorney fee or any legal case expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
American Academy of Pediatrics
February 22, 2010
Lars Henning Pedersen, MD, PhDa,b,
Tine Brink Henriksen, MD, PhDc,
Jørn Olsen, MD, PhDd
Zoloft and its generic form sertraline may increase the risk of certain side effects that can be serious in some cases. The medication acts on levels of the chemical serotonin, found in the brain, to help improve mood, concentration, appetite and other factors associated with depression and anxiety disorders.read more
If you have given birth to a child with a septal birth defect and were prescribed Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy, you may wish to talk to a lawyer about your legal options, please fill out the form above.read more