Medicare personnel use antidepressants — prescription drugs — to combat against the symptoms of depression. They also prescribe these drugs to treat several other mental conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Birth Disorder Dangers
Researchers link specific forms of antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to birth disorders among children whose mothers take such drugs during the gestation period.
Some of the brands of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors include:
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex)
- Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
These drugs are known discourage depression by diminishing serotonin re-uptake into the brain. This leaves a bit more serotonin available to perform in the brain, which can effectively improve someone’s mood.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) connected selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during gestation period with dire lung and heart condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension. This condition hinders a child’s blood from receiving enough oxygen when it traverses through the heart.
This added stress on the body can result in a rapid heart-rate, rapid breathing, and become potentially fatal if left untreated. Paxil (paroxetine) usage is linked with a rise in the risk of heart disorders, and venlafaxine (effexor) is associated with lung disorders.
How an Attorney Can Help
A child with birth disorders is one who requires special attention. Depending on his or her condition, he or she may need numerous surgeries and recurring visits to the doctor’s office.
Antidepressant consumption during pregnancy has resulted in significant congenital deformations, specifically those related to the organs.
As a parent, you should not be responsible for affording treatment for your child as a result of conditions that were no fault of your own.
If you or someone you know took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants and an offspring came up with birth disorders, After Personal Injury can help you get the compensation you are entitled to by law.
We can get you in touch with antidepressant attorneys with experience handling such cases who know how to effectively represent the afflicted.
The funds you secure can go toward the medical treatment your child requires as a result of their birth injuries. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.