Prozac Birth Defects

Prozac® is an antidepressant that has been found to increase the risk of birth defects in children whose mothers take the drug during their pregnancy. If you are taking Prozac® and become pregnant, you should speak with your doctor about the potential dangers.

If your child was born with a defect and you took Prozac® during your pregnancy, you should speak with an attorney about the possibility of pursuing financial compensation for your baby's injuries. For legal help, please contact our Prozac® birth defect attorneys today.

Prozac® and Heart Defect Information

The antidepressant Prozac®, the brand name of the drug Fluoxetine, belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or "SSRIs." As an SSRI, Prozac® manipulates the brain's usage of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has further impact on the brain's release of other brain chemicals.

Like with other SSRIs there are a number of Prozac® side effects associated with its use, including the dangers of birth problems if a woman takes Prozac® during pregnancy. One all too common birth problem associated with antidepressants and pregnancy is heart defects.

Heart Defect Signs and Symptoms in Newborns

While there is no single heart defect connected with antidepressants and pregnancy, the symptoms of the birth problems, which range from infants being born with one or more holes in the heart to several types of severe congenital defects that require one or more surgeries to correct, if correction is possible. Another birth problem associated with Prozac® is a lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH).

Heart defects and PPH will be suspected if the newborn suffers from one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Poor development
  • Cyanosis (skin turns blue due to lack of oxygen)
  • Passing out
  • Stroke
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Chest pain

The Prozac® birth problems can also lead to sudden baby death.

Prozac® Abdominal and Cranial Defects

The association between Prozac® and birth defects is not limited to heart and lung defects, but can also cause serious physical development birth problems, including malformed abdomens and skulls.

An omphacele is an abdominal wall birth defect in which the baby's internal organs, such as the intestines, grow outside the body in a sac. Unfortunately, treatment is not simply a matter of placing the organs back into the body because more often than not the abdomen has not grown large enough to accommodate them. It is a long and painful process to correct the condition.

Another rare, but serious, Prozac® side effect is called craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more of the fibrous joints (or sutures) in a baby's skull to close earlier than normal.

The early closing of a suture leads to an abnormally shaped head that can cause pressure to grow in the skull that causes pain and, potentially, developmental delays, seizures, and brain damage. Symptoms of intercranial pressure include headache and vomiting. This birth complication, if left uncorrected can cause the eyes, nose, or jaw to not function properly.

Contact a Prozac® Birth Defect Lawyer

Parents whose infants were born with birth problems after the mother took an SSRI have brought birth defect lawsuits against the makers of the drugs.

If after taking Prozac® during pregnancy, your child was born with a defect such as PPH, you should contact a Prozac® birth defect lawyer for a free consultation. You and your child might be eligible to recover compensation to help with present and future medical bills, cost of life long treatments or necessary care.

To consult an experienced, dedicated and compassionate birth defect attorney, please contact us today.

Side Effects

Infants who are exposed to Prozac® and other antidepressants during fetal development have an increased risk of suffering birth defects, including: