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If you or someone you know has experienced birth defects or heart defects while taking Zoloft when pregnant, our Zoloft lawyers are waiting to hear from you. There may be a Zoloft class action lawsuit with possible compensation from Zoloft settlements.

In a new report from the Health.com website has prompted a CNN story on the increased risk of children developing autism if the mother has taken any SSRI drug such as Zoloft or other SSRI drugs while pregnant.

Children whose mothers take Zoloft, Prozac, or similar antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely as other children to have a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder, according to a small new study, the first to examine the relationship between antidepressants and autism risk.

FDA issued a public health advisory warning health care professionals and consumers that the popular anti-depressant drug Zoloft had been linked to serious side effects that could cause life-threatening birth defects in children born to mothers who used Zoloft during their pregnancies. The number of women and children who had been put at risk could not be accurately tabulated but considering that by the following year nearly 30 million Zoloft prescriptions had been written the scale of exposure certainly was massive.

Many people are asking these Zoloft questions:

Is Zoloft safe?

Is Zoloft a SSRI drug?

Is Zoloft an MAOI?

Is Zoloft addictive?

Is Zoloft safe during pregnancy?

Is Zoloft dangerous to my pregnancy?

Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that developed and marketed Zoloft, already had been the target of a number of lawsuits generated by Zoloft victims who claimed that children had suffered the life-threatening condition of persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns and other birth defects, including abnormalities of the cranium, heart, lungs and abdominal organs. Legal experts who have reviewed these court documents agree that these families may be able to recover damages if certain legal standards are met. One of these factors is whether Pfizer adequately met its responsibility to inform the patients and the Food and Drug Administration about these side effects if they knew about them.

Zoloft & Pregnancy Birth Heart Defects.

Zoloft and Pregnancy Facts: SSRI drugs under scrutiny

Zoloft Birth Heart Defects – specific injuries:
Heart Defects
ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) Generally speaking this is simply classified as a hole in the heart.

Tetralogy of Fallot: a congenital defect that is a combination of four defects and includes, narrowed passageway between the pulmonary artery and the right ventricle. Ventricle hypertrophy, ventricular septal defect (VSD) and an overriding aorta.

Transposition of the Great Arteries: This is another type of congenital heart defect where the positions of the two major vessels are switched in position and can cause shortness of breath or a bluish skin discoloration due to lack of oxygenated blood.

Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS): Another class of congenital heart defect that is generally rare and is a case where the right side of the heart hasn’t developed as intended, as the left side of the heart.

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS): This congenital heart defect is similar to HRHS above, but with the left side of the heart does not develop in the fetus stage.

Other Birth defects possibly associated with Zoloft or SSRI use: 
Craniosynostosis,
Omphalocele,
Club Foot
Anal Atresia
Limb Reduction

Zoloft, one of Pfizer's many medications and certainly one of its most lucrative, has been marketed as extremely safe and as a result been used widely. However, this drug may result in side effects or may have contraindications that no one was warned about, as many unhappy Zoloft users have found.

To be sure, lower risk side effects of Zoloft, such as mania or a loss of libido, have been noted; though these are not life-threatening, they are annoyances and can definitely interfere with the quality of a patient's life.

More dangerous risks that have only recently come to light are suicidal thoughts and actions. These side effects have especially been noted in younger persons taking Zoloft, which was approved in 2003 for use in 6-17 year olds with severe obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs).

Unfortunately, it seems that while Zoloft alleviates some individuals' mood swings, it doesn't work on their depression right away. Therefore, younger persons taking Zoloft become more energetic, but are still depressed; and for those who may lean toward suicide, that renewed sense of energy coupled with major depression translates into the ability to carry out the act of taking ones life.

For those persons and their loved ones who counted on Zoloft to alleviate the pressures of depression, this side effect's deadly results are devastating.

Though Pfizer now has openly accepted the fact that their manufactured drug Zoloft may increase suicidal behavior (and their warning labels speak to that side effect), those who have experienced this effect (or their families) may be able to file lawsuits against the drug maker.

Zoloft Lawsuits in these States:

Alabama (AL), Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NV), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Ohio(OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VI), Washington (WA), Washington DC (DC), West Virginia (WV), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY).

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Zoloft pregnancy birth heart defects leads to class action lawsuits. Attorney information page updated for Zoloft questions on 3/06/2013