Tulsa Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyers
Lexapro, also known by its generic name escitalopram, is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and is a popular prescription used to treat depression, anxiety and a variety of other mood disorders. Approved by the FDA in 2001, Lexapro quickly became one of the more popular SSRIs on the market.
SSRIs like Lexapro work by boosting serotonin in the synaptic cleft in the brain. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression and anxiety, and the boost of serotonin has proven to be effective.
Has your child suffered a birth defect that you believe was associated with the mother taking Lexapro?
Lexapro Birth Defects
Recent research has shown that infants who have been exposed to Lexapro or other SSRIs containing sertraline during the first trimester have a 60 percent higher risk of birth defects. In 2006, the FDA issued a birth defect warning to physicians and consumers of Lexapro. Some of the most common Lexapro birth defects include:
- Premature birth
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Clubbed foot
- Delayed development
- Septal heart defects
- Neural tube defects
- Cleft lip or palate
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
- Enlarged heart
- Spina bifida
Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyers
Manufacturers of Lexapro, Lundbeck AG, failed to adequately warn doctors and patients of the increased risk of birth defects related to Lexapro-use. In October 2004, the FDA required a black box warning label on all Lexapro packaging and has since advised expectant mothers and those trying to get pregnant to eliminate the use of antidepressants entirely.
At The Edwards Law Firm, we believe that when a manufacturer does not properly warn consumers of the risks related to their products, they should be held responsible for any damages that occur as a result.
If you or a loved one used Lexapro during pregnancy and delivered a child with a serious birth defect, you may be eligible to pursue legal recourse for medical bills, physical pain, mental anguish and other damages related to the birth injury.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Lexapro birth defect victims and their families or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our Lexapro birth defect attorneys, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.
A member of our team will evaluate the merits of your claim and offer guidance on the best course of action in the pursuit of compensation.