Depression affects a person’s life and the way he interacts with the community. People who are in a state of depression are prescribed medication in order to improve their quality of life. Among the prescription drugs given is Lexapro, which belongs to the group of antidepressants known as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro is currently manufactured by Forest Laboratories. It was originally approved in 2002 by the FDA, and is available as a tablet or as a liquid solution. An SSRI antidepressant functions by restoring the balance to the level of serotonin in the brain.
FDA Warning About Antidepressant Birth Defects
Recent studies, however, have linked the use of lexapro and other SSRIs during pregnancy with certain birth defects. Some of the known birth defects caused by SSRIs including Lexapro are the following:
- Anal Atresia (misplaced or missing anus)
- Cleft Lip
- Cleft Palate
- Limb Defects
- Misshapen Skull
- Pulmonary Stenosis (heart valve defects)
- Septal Defects (defect in the heart wall)
- Transposition of the Arteries
Antidepressant Birth Defects Lead to FDA Warnings
The Food and Drug Administration has classified Lexapro as a category C medication. This means that the drug may potentially cause harm to a fetus if taken during pregnancy. Despite the known risks in taking Lexapro during pregnancy, the manufacturers maintain that the drug has no adverse side effects tot the child of a pregnant woman. The FDA has already required the producers of SSRIs to update the label of this class of antidepressant. If you or a loved one has suffered a birth defect due to the use of Lexapro during pregnancy, you have the right to seek compensation for the injury, medical expenses and the pain and suffering sustained by you and your family.
Have You or a Loved One Given Birth to a Child with Birth Defects While On or Recently After Discontinuing Lexapro?
If you or a loved one have given birth to a child with birth defects while on or recently after discontinuing the antidepressant medication Lexapro, you may want to speak with a Lexapro attorney attorney regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates, Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
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