Prozac® Birth Defect Lawsuits
If your baby suffered a birth defect and you took Prozac® during pregnancy, you should consider consulting a birth injury lawyer. Some antidepressants may increase the risk of birth defects in children whose mothers take the medication while pregnant. For more information, contact our Prozac® birth injury attorneys.
What Is Prozac®?
Prozac® ( fluoxetine hydrochloride) is an antidepressant and was the first in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. It was approved in 1986.
In addition to treating major depressive disorders, Prozac® is prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, and panic attacks. It is used to treat adults, children over eight years old, and adolescents.
Other brand names for fluoxetine are Prozac® Weekly, Rapiflux®, Sarafem® and Selfemra®. Prozac® is made by Eli Lilly. It is used by 54 million people in 90 countries.
Has Prozac® Been Linked to Birth Defects?
Yes. Prozac® has been linked to birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). PPHN is a serious potentially life-threatening condition that occurs in babies soon after birth. The lungs of these infants have not assumed the function of oxygenating the blood once they are born. When in the mother, the fetus' oxygenated blood supply comes from the mother, via the umbilical cord that leads from the placenta. The lungs of the fetus have no immediate function and are just awaiting birth to start working.
Once born, a normal infant's lungs begin to supply oxygenated blood to the body's organs and tissues. In babies with PPHN, however, the lungs have not taken over this function and the organs and the tissue of their bodies, lacking an adequate supply of oxygen, become distressed. Infants in this situation need intensive medical care. They are very ill and at risk of dying.
Prozac® and other SSRIs have also been linked to an increased risk of congenital malformations such as cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot, as well as dangerous heart defects, including left outflow tract heart defects.
Consult a Prozac® Birth Defect Lawyer
If you have had a baby born with a birth defect, you should consult a Prozac® birth defect lawyer to discuss the merits of pursuing a lawsuit. Financial compensation can help ease the stress of the situation and get your child the treatment and care he or she needs. Call today to speak with a birth defect lawyer in a free and confidential consultation.