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Ventricular Septal Birth Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers During Pregnancy

Ventricular Septal Birth Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants if Taken by Mothers During Pregnancy

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is actively handling ventricular septal defect (VSD) lawsuits in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know took an antidepressant while pregnant and your child has a VSD, 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.”

Ventricular Septal Defects: An Overview

A ventricular septal defect (sometimes referred to as ventral septal defect) is a hole in the ventricular septum that allows communication of blood between the left and right ventricles. The condition is caused by embryologic malformations of the ventricular septum, and can occur as an isolated lesion or in combination with other similar birth defects. Ventricular septal defects can range from a lesion that might require surgery to a hole in the muscular septum. Blood flow across the defect is typically left to right and depends on the size of the defect and the pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR).

Which Antidepressants are Associated with VSDs?

The following antidepressants are linked to the development of VSDs 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 Ventricular Septal Defects

There are three major types of ventricular septal defects typically found in newborns:

  • Supracristal Defect – Occurs when the defect is located above the supraventricularis, just under the annulus of aorta.
  • Infracristal Defect – The most common form of VSD, which occurs low in the membraneous septum beneath the supraventricularis.
  • Canal-Type – Occurs in 11% of cases. This type of defect may accompany complete AV canal.

Do I Have a Ventricular Septal Defects Lawsuit?

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