Zoloft® Heart Defects
Zoloft® is an SSRI antidepressant, which is a class of drugs linked to serious congenital malformations including cardiovascular defects. If your baby was born with a heart defect, you may be eligible for a birth defects lawsuit. Contact a Zoloft® birth defect lawyer for more information.
Zoloft® and Heart Defects
Medical studies and birth defect statistics have shown that taking Zoloft® during pregnancy significantly increases the chances of having a baby born with a heart defect. Data shows that using Zoloft® during pregnancy more than doubles the chances of having a baby with certain cardiac defects. The damage is done early in the first trimester, which is often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant.
Types of Heart Defects Associated With Zoloft®
Zoloft® has been accused of increasing the risk of several different types of heart defects. Most of them are cyanotic heart defects, which are characterized by a lack of oxygen in the body, and a bluish color to the skin. The following cardiovascular defects are believed to be caused by SSRI antidepressant use:
- Septal defects - when a baby is born with a hole in one of the chambers of the heart
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome - when the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped
- Heart valve defects - a narrowing or blockage of the valves which control blood flow in the heart
- Transposition of the great arteries - when the two main arteries to heart are switched so oxygenated blood from the lungs is prevented from reaching the body
FDA Warning about Heart Defects and SSRIs
The FDA has issued warnings about the potential link between SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft® and heart birth defects. Zoloft®, however, remains in pregnancy Category C, meaning animal testing has shown risk to the fetus, but human testing is still inconclusive. At this time the FDA recommends weighing the possible benefits of using Zoloft® during pregnancy against the likelihood of cardiac defects and other congenital abnormalities.
Do You Qualify for a Zoloft® Birth Defect Lawsuit?
If your child was born with a heart defect and you took Zoloft® while you were pregnant, you have legal options. To find out if you qualify to seek compensation, contact our Zoloft® birth defect attorneys today. We will schedule a free and private case review to determine the best course of action.