SSRI Birth Defects
Some of the most popular antidepressants belong to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These include:
SSRIs have been linked to an increase in the risk of serious birth defects in infants whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant. Women of childbearing age should be aware of these risks and should consult their doctor if they become pregnant or are planning a pregnancy while taking the medication.
The birth defects that have been associated with SSRIs include:
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Heart Valve Defects
- Pulmonary Atresia (pulmonary valve defect)
- Pulmonary Stenosis (pulmonary valve disorder)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Transposition of Great Arteries
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Anal Atresia (anus or rectum malformation/defect)
- Omphalocele (abdominal wall defect)
- Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
- Club Foot
- Spina Bifida (Neural Tube Defects)
Congenital defects range from mild to severe. In the worst cases, infants will require expensive medical treatments and a lifetime of care. Birth defects can affect a child’s quality of life and can have emotional and financial effects on the entire family.
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If you were treated with an SSRI antidepressant such as Zoloft®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Wellbutrin®, Lexapro® or Celexa® and gave birth to a child with congenital abnormalities, we may be able to help you. Our initial consultation is FREE! Our experienced staff members are here to help.