Prozac® Side Effects Lawyers
Prozac®—also known as fluoxetine—is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. The drug is often prescribed to treat major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and more.
On December 14, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its warning that says Prozac and other SSRI antidepressants can cause serious birth defects in the lungs of newborns if their mothers took the drugs while pregnant. If your baby was harmed because you took Prozac, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help. Call us at (800) 210-8503 or fill out a free initial consultation form.
Prozac® Birth Defects
SSRI antidepressants like Prozac have been linked to several serious birth defects in infants who are exposed to the drugs, such as:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
PPHN is a condition that causes blood vessels in the lungs to constrict, which can result in shortness of breath, fatigue, and even death. Many newborns with PPHN require lung transplants to survive.
A study in the July 2011 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry shows that women who took SSRIs one year prior to giving birth had an increased risk of their children later being diagnosed with autism. The risk quadrupled if the drug was taken during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Septal Defect
Babies who were exposed to Prozac in the womb may be born with holes in the walls of their heart, which causes poor blood circulation throughout their bodies. This condition requires open-heart surgery to correct.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know life can be difficult when your child is born with birth defects. We’ll do everything we can to hold the drug manufacturer accountable for its negligence.
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Prozac® is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly and Company.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Eli Lilly and Company or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.