Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants and their effects on birth defects have been the subject of numerous studies. In 2005, two different studies showed a link between Paxil and an increase in the risk of cardiac birth defects. A study based on data from the US Insurance Registry Database showed a 150% increase in cardiac defects in infants who were exposed to Paxil while in the womb. The study also showed a 180% increase in the total number of congenital malformations (including heart malformations). A separate study based on data from the Swedish National Registry showed a 200% increased risk of cardiac birth defects.
In July of 2006, the labeling of Paxil was updated to reflect some of these risks, but the original studies merited further investigation. In addition to the persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn study, other studies have found marked increases in certain birth defects from SSRI usage in the first trimester of pregnancy. These birth defects include:
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should consult with a physician if they are currently taking, considering taking, or considering discontinuation of Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Celexa (citalopram), or any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Other common SSRI drugs include:
If you or a loved one has taken Paxil, Zoloft, or any SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy and has given birth to a child with heart, lung, brain, or physical birth defects, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker wants to help. Larry H. Parker and his team of pharmaceutical litigation attorneys form a highly recognized legal practice with the knowledge and resources to handle your SSRI case successfully. Our experienced team of attorneys has been researching Paxil related birth defects for over a decade.
It can be difficult on a family that has experienced an SSRI-related birth defect. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker will do everything in our power to make our clients feel comfortable. Our helpful field associates can come directly to you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about pursuing an SSRI case, regardless of where you and your family may live. We’ll talk at your kitchen table.®
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Paxil® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Zoloft® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc. Prozac® and Symbyax® are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. Lexapro® and Celexa® are registered trademarks of Forest Laboratories, Inc. Effexor® is a registered trademark of American Home Products Corporation. Luvox® is a registered trademark of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Also see the FDA Paxil information page.