If you took Depakote, Paxil or Zoloft while pregnant and
your child developed birth defects, you have legal options.
Depakote and valproate sodium affect chemicals in the body involved in causing seizures and is commonly used to treat various seizure disorders including epilepsy. Depakote is also prescribed to treat the manic phase of bipolar disorders (manic-depressive illness) and to prevent migraine headaches. Depakote may be used to treat other conditions as well. If you or a loved one were prescribed Depakote while pregnant and had a child with Spina Bifida, Cleft Palate or other birth defects, you may qualify for a cash settlement. . Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you - or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now! Depakote can cause severe birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Research has linked valproate sodium to Spina Bifida, other birth defects and cognitive problems in children. In December 2009, the FDA issued a warning to health care professionals regarding the risks for birth defects in babies exposed to valproate sodium. Results of a European study demonstrated that women who took valproate sodium in early pregnancy had two to 12 times the risk of having a baby with one of six specific birth defects compared to women who did not take the drug. The American Academy of Neurology recommends avoiding the use of valproate sodium in pregnant women. Valproate sodium is marketed as Depacon. Dilvalproex sodium is marketed as Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER, Depakote DR, Depakote Sprinkles. Valproate sodium is marketed as Depakene and as Stavzor.
In December 2009 the FDA issued a warning to health care professionals regarding the risks for birth defects in babies exposed to valproate sodium. The FDA also required a patient Medication Guide to accompany every prescription of the drug.
Paxil, also known as Paroxetine or Aropax. is an antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil was approved by the FDA in the early 1990s. It is currently prescribed to treat various psychological disorders including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and anxiety disorders. It is approved only for use in adults. Despite Paxil’s efficacy, the pharmaceutical has been proven to cause some serious side effects among its users. In 2005, the FDA issued a safety warning for pregnant women stating use of Paxil put the fetus at risk for “congenital malformations, particularly cardiac malformations.” As a result, GlaxoSmithKline added new recommendations to the warnings sections of Paxil, and the drug is no longer recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you or a loved one has experienced an adverse reaction while taking Paxil you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now. Evidence demonstrates that GlaxoSmithKline deliberately chose against adequately warning physicians and expectant mothers about the risk of birth defects when pregnant mothers took Paxil. Those birth defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborn babies (PPHN) and heart defects, including holes in the heart and malformations.
The FDA recognized studies documenting birth defects with the use of Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) known as anit depresants and issued a warning in 2005. Zoloft is one of three SSRIs the Mayo Clinic still lists as "Consider as an option during pregnancy." Although Paxil has very similar side effects it is currently recommend to be avoided. The Food and Drug Administration classifies Zoloft in the pregnancy class C and recommend it only be used if the benefits greatly outweigh the possible risks. Despite continuing evidence that this drug increases the risk of birth defects in children and several FDA warnings Pfizer the manufacturer of Zoloft has yet to warn patients of the possible danger. Medication use by pregnant woman in the first trimester increased by more than 60% in the past thirty years. A Boston University School of Public Health study also noted that many pregnant women are taking four or more medications. Anti depressant are the most commonly prescribed classes of medications with in the entire U.S. population. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health notes much of this growth was concentrated among people with less severe and poorly defined mental health conditions. Anti depressants are being prescribed as a catch all for various mental symptoms. Often patients including pregnant women are unnecessarily exposed to possible side effects and may not experience any proven health benefits. If you, or someone you know, has taken Zoloft while pregnant you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you, or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now.
Documented occurrences of malformation of the heart and lungs in the fetus or a type of heart and lung disorder called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) at birth may be associated Zoloft. PPHN can lead to complications and even death. Zoloft also may contribute to complications for babies exposed later in the pregnancy. At birth the baby may experience difficulty breathing or feeding, irritable mood and impaired or excessive muscle tone and movement. These reactions may be side effects to the drug or to the withdrawal of drug. There are several conditions that indicate that your baby may have heart or lung defects. Please call a doctor immediately if your baby is experiencing grayish-blue skin color, difficulty breathing, cold hands and feet, unusual drowsiness, inactivity, shortness of breath, fast breathing, poor eating habits, fatigue, blue tinge to the skin and lips or slow growth. Other, more serious symptoms include swelling in the legs and feet, abdomen, fluid retention, and rapid or irregular heartbeat, murmurs, shortness of breath, chest pain or loss of consciousness.
On December 8, 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning that use of certain antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy. U.S. and Swedish studies showed that exposure to certain antidepressants increased the risk of cardiac defects. The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory for Zoloft and several other antidepressants on July 19, 2006, warning that taking these drugs during pregnancy could increase the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006 found that babies born to mothers who used an SSRI antidepressant in the second half of pregnancy were six times more likely to be born with this serious lung disorder. The New England Journal of Medicine documented a “significant association” between Zoloft and septal defects in a 2007 study. A septal defect is a congenital defect that affects the structures of the heart and can be life threatening. According to the study, mothers who took Zoloft during their pregnancy could double the risk of having an infant born with septal defects.
There are several lawsuits against Pfizer the manufacturer of Zoloft. Average settlements are expected to exceed $1 Million for each family.