Was your baby born with a birth defect after your use of prescription medication during pregnancy? Call Doyle Law at (678) 799-7676 for a free consultation. Our Georgia Birth Defect Lawyers in our Atlanta, Georgia office are now accepting new clients statewide.

A growing number of prescription drugs have now been linked to birth defects. If your baby was born with a diagnosed birth defect after your prescription drug use during pregnancy, you may have a viable product liability claim against the manufacturer. Monetary compensation could help you to provide the treatment your baby needs. Let us know if we can help.

Doyle Law represents individuals and families that are seriously injured by a defective products. We handle pharmaceutical cases that have injured users in a variety of ways. In every lawsuit to date, the pharmaceutical company either knew or should have known that their product had a strong likelihood that it would cause injury to a significant percentage of the users. In many of the classes of drugs listed below, there have been studies published around the world linking the medication to birth defects; however, the pharmaceutical giants that manufacture and sell prescription drugs in the United States have ignored the evidence. We have been screening, filing, and prosecuting claims for birth defects against big pharma to compensate our clients and effect change.

Baby born with birth defect after your SSRI use during pregnancy? Call Doyle Law at (678) 799-7676.

Birth Defects Caused By Prescription Drugs

The use of certain prescription drugs during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, has been shown to cause harm to the fetus, often resulting in serious irreversible birth defects. Some of the birth defects seen in children of mothers who have taken the dangerous prescription drugs during their pregnancy are:

  • spina bifida
  • malformations
  • neural tube defect
  • cleft palate
  • cleft lip
  • limb and digital deformities
  • facial dysmorphism
  • mental developmental delays
  • genitourinary malformations
  • heart defects

Neural tube defects occur when the embryonic neural tube fails to close completely. Serious defects like spina bifida and anencephaly are both results of neural tube defects.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Linked to Birth Defects

Recent studies have shown that using of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) while pregnant increases the risk of birth defects. The birth defects associated with SSRIs include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN—previously called primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn) and other lung and heart problems.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used as antidepressants. Drugs included in the SSRI class are:

  • Celexa
  • Cipramil
  • Cipram
  • Dalsan
  • Recital
  • Emocal
  • Sepram
  • Seropram
  • Citox
  • Cital
  • Priligy
  • Lexapro
  • Cipralex
  • Seroplex
  • Esertia
  • Prozac
  • Fontex
  • Seromex
  • Seronil
  • Sarafem
  • Symbyax
  • Ladose
  • Motivest
  • Fluctin (EUR)
  • Fluox (NZ)
  • Depress (UZB)
  • Lovan (AUS)
  • Luvox
  • Fevarin
  • Faverin
  • Dumyrox
  • Favoxil
  • Movox
  • Upstene (discontinued)
  • Paxil
  • Seroxat
  • Sereupin
  • Aropax
  • Deroxat
  • Divarius
  • Xetanor
  • Paroxat
  • Loxamine
  • Zoloft
  • Lustral
  • Serlain
  • Asentra
  • Zelmid
  • Normud (discontinued)

Similar to SSRIs are serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs, like:

  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor

In addition to side effects like akathisia, some studies, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have linked SSRIs to serious birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The study found that women who took SSRIs during their third trimester were six times more likely to deliver babies born with PPHN—or to have babies that would develop primary pulmonary hypertension—than women who did not take SSRIs during their third trimester.

The following symptoms may indicate PPHN:

  • Rapid Breathing
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Bluish Skin
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Low Blood Oxygen Levels

PPHN is a very serious birth defect, and even with treatment a child suffering from PPHN may experience shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure, organ damage and even death. Infants who survive PPHN may have long-term breathing difficulties, seizures, developmental disorders and hearing loss. Another study showed that mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy gave birth to children who experienced withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, tremors, gastrointestinal problems and sleep disturbances.

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Georgia Birth Defect Lawsuits

The defective drug birth defect lawyers at Doyle Law have a proven track record of success in helping our clients obtain compensation for injuries resulting from defective products like pharmaceutical drugs.

Our experienced team of legal professionals and Georgia Birth Defect Injury Lawyers have been helping victims of defective products for years. We are dedicated to achieving real justice for our clients and we can assure you that, if we accept your case, we will work diligently to achieve the best result possible for you.

Contact Georgia Birth Defect Law Firm

Filing a defective drug birth defect lawsuit can help victims and their families affected by the defective product recover the financial compensation necessary to pay for expensive treatment and long term care. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.

Georgia Birth Defect Statute of Limitations

Georgia has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records, employment records, and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your baby's birth defect injury may have been caused by a defective pharmaceutical drug.

Results Matter

As a result of our preparation and diligent efforts, the lawyers on our team have been able to recover over sixty-three million dollars ($63,000,000.00) for the clients we represent. Those cases have involved dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, truck and auto accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, fraud, product liability, electrocutions, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death.