Experienced Illinois SSRI's Birth Defect Attorneys

Arlington Heights Birth Defect Lawyers

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) are widely used for the treatment of depression in Illinois and across the nation. These mood-altering drugs, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, were deemed generally safe for approved populations. However, they have been found to cause serious injury and birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers. If your child has suffered a birth defect as a result of the mother’s use of SSRI antidepressant medications, or a child has suffered wrongful death after the mother’s use of SSRIs, you may be entitled to compensation. The legal team at Newland & Newland, LLP is skilled in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation involving SSRI medication related birth defects for clients in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois.

Some Common SSRI Mediations

SSRIs are a class of drugs prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and some other brain and personality disorders. The more common medications in this class include:

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Fluoxetine combined with the atypical antipsychotic olanzapine (Symbyax)
  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Budeprion, Zyban)

Medical Side Effects of SSRIs for Pregnant Mothers

Recent studies show drastically increased rates of birth defects in children who are exposed to SSRI drugs (antidepressants) while in the womb. Antidepressants associated with increased risks of dangerous health and medical problems for unborn and newborn babies include:

  • Miscarriage
  • Physical birth defects
  • Preterm birth
  • Newborn behavioral syndrome
  • Persistent newborn pulmonary hypertension
  • Potential long-term neurobehavioral effects
  • Septal heart defects
  • Amphibole

When a drug causes birth defects or wrongful death to your child, there is no amount of money to bring comfort to grieving parents. Newland & Newland, LLP can offer you sensitive, tenacious, and experienced representation and fight to get you the maximum compensation in your SSRI related birth defect case. We will send a message to big drug companies that fail to properly warn of dangerous uses of their drugs. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our Chicago area offices. We represent clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will, and McHenry Counties and throughout Illinois.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL
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