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Aortic Stenosis Congenital Birth Defects in Children Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers While Pregnant

Aortic Stenosis Congenital Birth Defects in Children Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers While Pregnant

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is actively handling aortic stenosis lawsuits in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant while pregnant and your child has an aortic stenosis, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and our law firm can help.

Michael E. Schmidt of The Schmidt Firm, PLLC has stated, “Our law firm has represented thousands of victims in pharmaceutical side effect and recall cases, however being a father of four, this particular litigation [antidepressant-induced birth defects] really strikes home. We are actively representing the children and families affected by the manufacturer’s inability to warn the mothers of the potential for congenital birth defects when taken during pregnancy.”

Aortic Stenosis: An Overview

The aorta is the main artery carrying blood out of the heart. When blood leaves the heart, it flows through the aortic valve into the aorta. In infants born with a condition called aortic stenosis, the aortic valve is abnormally narrowed and does not open fully. This decreases blood flow from the heart. When the degree of narrowing becomes significant enough to impede the flow of blood from the left ventricle to the arteries, life-threatening heart problems develop rapidly. Aortic stenosis can also be referred to as left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, rheumatic aortic stenosis, and calcium aortic stenosis.

What Antidepressants are Linked to Aortic Stenosis?

The following antidepressants have been linked to the development of aortic stenosis in newborn babies, infants, and children if their mothers took them while pregnant:

  • Paxil (Paroxetine)
  • Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • Celexa (Citalopram)
  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)
  • Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Types of Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs as three types:

  • Valvular (85%) – The defect may include abnormal cusp formation: cusps may be fused, thickened, or dysplastic, or the valve may be bicuspid, unicuspid, or have more than 3 leaflets.
  • Subvalvular (10%) – Rarely present at birth, late onset may be due to the presence of other congenital defects.
  • Supravalvular (5%) – Occurs above the Sinuses of Valsalva, and is manifested by an hourglass shaped internal constriction of the ascending aorta, a diffuse narrowing of the entire ascending aorta, and a discrete subvalvular membrane.

Do I Have an Aortic Stenosis Lawsuit?

Our attorneys are currently accepting aortic stenosis cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant during pregnancy and your child was born with aortic stenosis, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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