A 2007 review published in Pharmacotherapy analyzed the effects of several common antidepressant medications during pregnancy and concluded that “Third-trimester exposure to newer antidepressants, including SSRIs and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (e.g., venlafaxine), has been associated with a poor neonatal adaptation syndrome. In addition, SSRI use may be associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.”

This study, by Cynthia M. Way, B.Sc.Pharm., also cites that “Some recent studies, however, have suggested that paroxetine may be associated with a small increase in risk of congenital abnormalities, particularly cardiac defects.”

In non-scientific terms, this paper tells us that while “pharmacotherapy for depression is often necessary during pregnancy,” expecting mothers using paroxatine (Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor), and other SSRI drugs ought to be aware of the association these drugs have with congenital abnormalities.

If you used an SSRI during pregnancy and were unaware of the association between maternal SSRI use and birth defects, and your child was born with a congenital malformation, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for undue injury to your child through an SSRI birth defects lawsuit.

For a free, no-obligation case consultation, or simply for more information regarding SSRI birth defect lawsuits and your rights, please do not hesitate to contact our team of Effexor birth defects lawyers.

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