Prozac Birth Defects PPHN Lawsuit

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The Food and Drug Administration has asked the companies that make Prozac and other SSRI drugs to change the warnings they issue about possible side effects from the drugs to include the possibility that they can cause possible deadly birth defects in newborns. The action came after the agency was made aware of research that showed that women who use Prozac and other SSRIs while pregnant were at a much higher risk of giving birth to children suffering from these problems than women who did not use the drugs while pregnant.

Numerous birth defects have been linked to Prozac use, including cleft palates, cleft lips, club feet, limb reductions and asthma, neural tube defects/spina bifida and breathing issues. The FDA announcement was related to a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN, in which there is an abnormal blood flow through the infant’s heart and lungs and can result in death if the child is hypoxemic. The FDA also took the step of issuing a warning to doctors about the dangers of Prozac and other SSRIs during pregnancy and encouraged them to discuss these dangers with their patients.

Prozac is a drug that's primarily used to treat depression, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and (sometimes) ADHD. As antidepressants go, its name is probably the one most known by the general public, as it has been in the spotlight so often. (Sometimes, it almost seems as if "everyone who is anyone" took Prozac at one time or another.)

Unlike other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that are used to treat the illnesses mentioned above, Prozac has an "energizing" effect. (Ironically, it's the resulting euphoria that many claim cause patients to become addicted to Prozac.)

Prozac Side Effects:

Prozac has a wide variety of side effects, ranging from the mild to the life-threatening. Those include anxiety, insomnia, weakness, skin rash, weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive, and serotonin syndrome. Additionally, many individuals have come forward, claiming other contraindications and adverse reactions to Prozac, leading many to question whether the drug was pushed into the market before it had fully been studied.

Prozac Lawsuit may begin.

If you or someone you care about was prescribed Prozac and endured adverse side effects to the drug, or have had a baby with PPHN, our lawyers would like to talk with you. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, but if you hesitate the statute of limitations in your state could prevent your case from getting off the ground. Contact our Prozac lawyers today!


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Prozac and other SSRI drugs may be linked to birth defects in newborns, if you've been injured from Prozac contact us today for case review. Page updated 3/06/2013.