If you took an antidepressant medication such as Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) during pregnancy and had a bay with a heart defect, you are not alone. More than a dozen studies have linked antidepressants to birth defects, and heart defects are the most common defect associated with antidepressants. If your baby was injured by Pristiq, you may qualify for compensation if you file a Pristiq heart defect lawsuit.
What You Can Do & How a Pristiq Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pristiq induced birth defect cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a baby with a Pristiq heart defect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is Pristiq?
Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a medication that is prescribed to treat major depressive disorder in adults. It belongs to a class of antidepressants known as SNRIs (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) which work by influencing levels of two neurotransmitters: serotonin and norepinephrine.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pristiq in February 2008, they classified it as a Pregnancy Category C drug. This means that it might cause birth defects, but doctors can still prescribe it to women if the risk of relapsing into depression is greater than any potential risk to a fetus.
Studies of Pristiq and Birth Defects
No well-controlled studies have been conducted of Pristiq in pregnant women. However, scientists have conducted studies of Pristiq in rodents and rabbits. These animals studies have linked Pristiq to an increased risk of low fetal birth weight and fetal death of unknown cause. Furthermore, more than 12 studies have linked antidepressants to an increased risk of birth defects.
You may be wondering how an antidepressant, which influences moods and emotions, could potentially cause a birth defect. According to this study, published in December 2011 in the Reproductive Toxicology, the neurotransmitter serotonin is actually very important during fetal heart development. According to the researchers:
“Serotonin may be particularly important for heart development and evidence suggests that from the time that progenitor heart cells are patterned during the establishment of laterality, to formation of the outflow tract, to myocardial cell differentiation, to septation of the heart chambers, the neurotransmitter may act as an important signaling molecule.”
Any medication that adversely influences serotonin in a developing fetus could potentially cause a severe, life-threatening heart defect.
Pristiq and Heart Defects
If you took Pristiq during pregnancy and had a baby with a heart defect, you may qualify for compensation for your baby’s injury, medical expenses, permanent disability, and more. Pristiq heart defects may include:
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial septal defects
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Ebstein’s Anomaly
- Heart murmurs
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Heart valve defects
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Pulmonary atresia
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the Great Vessels or Arteries
- Truncus arteriosus
- Ventricular septal defects
- And more
Do I have a Pristiq Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pristiq induced birth defect cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a baby with a Pristiq heart defect defect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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