Did you know that children born with heart and other congenital birth defects have been linked to the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion)? If you have a child suffering from a congenital heart condition or other severe birth defect, you may have a claim against GSK, the manufacturer of Wellbutrin.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Wellbutrin-induced birth defect claims in all 50 states. If you or someone you know has given birth to a child with a congenital heart, lung, abdominal, cranial or other severe birth defect you should contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please click here to contact our Dangerous Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin is an FDA approved antidepressant medication typically prescribed for the treatment of depression. It has also been used in an off-label capacity to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Bupropion, the active ingredient in Wellbutrin, is also sold under the brand name Zyban to help stop the urge to smoke.
Wellbutrin has a chemical structure that makes it different from other antidepressants. Unlike many of the other recently developed Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants that target the brain chemical serotonin, Wellbutrin acts on dopamine and norepinephrine. Because of its unique makeup, however, Wellbutrin also has different side effects.
What’s the problem with Wellbutrin?
Unfortunately, many women who took Wellbutrin while pregnant may have children with congenital heart defects. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, fetuses exposed to the antidepressant during early pregnancy are more than twice as likely to be at risk for heart defects. The study identified a positive association between early pregnancy bupropion use and congenital heart defects. Sadly, these types of birth defects are life-threatening and often require surgery to be corrected. In addition, many newborn babies have also been born with the following life-threatening birth defects.
Wellbutrin and other antidepressants have been linked to cardiac, pulmonary, neural-tube and other birth defects. Our attorney are evaluating cases involving:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
- Ventral or Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD) – hole in the heart wall
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
- Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
Wellbutrin Class Action
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our trial attorneys have decided against filing a Wellbutrin class action lawsuit. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by people who used antidepressants during pregnancy and had a baby with a birth defect, but most of these cases are not centralized in a class action — they are individual lawsuits. Our attorneys are focusing our efforts on filing individual lawsuits as opposed to a class action. We believe this is the best way we can advocate for each of our clients.
Do I have a Wellbutrin Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Wellbutrin-induced birth defects cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has given birth to a child with a serious congenital health condition after taking Wellbutrin or other antidepressant during pregnancy, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. 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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