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Clubfoot Birth Defects in Children Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers While Pregnant

Clubfoot Birth Defects in Children Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers While Pregnant

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is actively handling clubfoot lawsuits in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant while pregnant and your child has clubfoot, 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.”

What is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot, or congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), is a birth defect in which the newborn’s legs are turned inward and downward. The condition can range from mild and flexible to severe and rigid. The involved foot, calf, and leg are smaller and shorter than the normal side. The bones, joints, muscles, and blood vessels of the limb are also abnormal. Many factors, including the use of the following antidepressants, seem to be involved in the development of clubfoot in newborn babies.

What Causes Clubfoot?

The following antidepressants are linked to the development of clubfoot 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)

Treatment of Clubfoot

Clubfoot repair should be started as early in the child’s life as possible, and typically involves moving the foot into the correct position and using a cast to keep it there. Up to 10 casts may be needed, the last of which remains in place for 3 weeks. After the foot is in the correct position, a special brace is worn nearly full time for 3 months. Some severe cases of clubfoot will require surgery if other treatments do not work, or if the problem returns. The child should be monitored by a doctor until the foot is fully grown.

Do I Have a Clubfoot Lawsuit?

Our attorneys are currently accepting clubfoot cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant during pregnancy and your child was born with clubfoot, 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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