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

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

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is actively handling heart murmur lawsuits in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant while pregnant and your child has a heart murmur, 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 a Heart Murmur?

A heart murmur is a swishing or whistling sound that can be detected by a doctor with the use of a stethoscope. Murmurs are typically caused by blood flowing through a damaged or overworked heart valve, and are usually indicative of an underlying heart valve problem. To determine what kind of valve problem a patient has, a doctor can perform a variety of tests such as echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, or cardiac catheterization. Heart murmurs may be present at birth or may result from other illnesses such as rheumatic fever, heart disease, heart attacks, or infective endocarditis.

Which Antidepressants Are Linked to Heart Murmurs?

The following antidepressants are linked to the development of heart murmurs 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)

Signs & Symptoms of Heart Murmurs

Because symptoms of a heart murmur can be vague, many people dismiss telltale signs. Oftentimes, the condition is diagnosed only after the heartbeat is listened to through a stethoscope. Common signs & symptoms of a heart murmur include (but are not limited to):

  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Winded feeling
  • Tiredness
  • Bluish skin tone in newborn babies

Do I Have a Heart Murmur Lawsuit?

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