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Pristiq Lawsuit

Pristiq Lawsuit

There is growing research suggesting that using Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) during pregnancy may increase your risk of having a baby with a birth defect or intellectual disability.

What You Can Do & How a Pristiq Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pristiq induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took Pristiq during pregnancy and had a baby with a birth 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 one of the newest antidepressant medications on the U.S. market, introduced in 2008 by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now a part of Pfizer). Pristiq belongs to a class of drugs known as SNRIs (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors), which treat psychological disorders by influencing levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, which are thought to influence mood and emotions.

Pristiq is almost the same drug as Effexor, though there are some key differences (including dosage and side effects). Both drugs are manufactured by Wyeth and are metabolized by the body into desvenlafaxine.

Pristiq and Pregnancy

Researchers have found evidence that taking Pristiq during pregnancy may increase your risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Pristiq is a Pregnancy Category C drug, according to the FDA. In studies of Pristiq in animals, it can have adverse effects on a developing fetus. However, it is unknown what effect Pristiq has on a developing human baby. Pristiq can also pass through breast-milk, which could potentially harm a nursing infant.

Pristiq and Birth Defects

Antidepressant medications such as Pristiq may increase the risk of the following birth defects:

  • Heart defects (septal heart defects)
  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Abdominal defects (omphalocele, gastroschisis)
  • Cranial defects (craniosynostosis)
  • Neural tube defects (spina bifida, brain / spinal cord defects)
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Physical defects (cleft lip, palate, clubfoot)
  • Withdrawal symptoms at birth (seizures, breathing and feeding difficulties, constant crying, tremors, seizures, vomiting, etc.)
  • Developmental disorders
  • And more

Pristiq and Heart Defects

Using antidepressants may increase your risk of having a baby with a heart defect. Septal heart defects are most strongly associated with antidepressants. These defects occur when the septal wall (between the left and right side of the heart) has holes, which vary in size. Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) occur in the septal wall between the two upper chambers; Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD) occur in between the two lower chambers.

Pristiq and Suicidal Behavior

Researchers have found that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These medications have carried a “Black Box” warning about the risk of suicide for at least a decade. The “Black Box” is the FDA’s most serious type of side effect warning.

Pristiq Class Action Lawsuit Information

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not filing a Pristiq class action lawsuit. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits. If you decide to join this litigation, you will not be alone. There are over 50 lawsuits involving Effexor (venlafaxine), an antidepressant that is nearly identical to Pristiq. There are also more than 500 Zoloft lawsuits. These are not part of a class action — they are individual lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who have hired their own attorney.

Do I have a Pristiq Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Pristiq induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took Pristiq during pregnancy and had a baby with a birth 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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