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Justinian Lane

Justinian Lane Justinian C. Lane is a personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on helping individuals injured by prescription drugs and medical devices. His practice is nationwide and he welcomes e-mails at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us. His full biography is here.

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2005 – Research Shows Paxil, Prozac Triple Risk for Neonatal Behavioral Syndrome

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Published in a 2005 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study by Dr. Eydie L. Moses-Kolko et al., titled “Neonatal Signs After Late In Utero Exposure to Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors,” reviews the danger posed to infants whose mothers used serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), a new type of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication…. Continue Reading

2006 – Children Suffer SSRI Withdrawal Symptoms After Birth

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

In 2006, a study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Rachel Levinston-Castiel et al aimed to evaluate whether or not children exposed to selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants before birth would exhibit symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition had by infants that became addicted to drugs or medications used by… Continue Reading

Paxil, Prozac, and Elevated Risk for Heart Defects

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects

Because depression is so common during pregnancy, “ranging between 7% and 19% in developed countries,”[1] a great deal of research is currently being published with regard to the safety of using antidepressant medications during pregnancy.  Recently, a number of birth defects have been associated with maternal use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) during pregnancy,… Continue Reading

Celexa During Pregnancy and Birth Defects

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Celexa® (citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), one in a new class of antidepressant drugs.  These medications aim to influence (and raise) levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a molecule that relays “messages” between brain cells, or neurons.  When a neuron fires, neurotransmitters like serotonin are… Continue Reading

Zoloft, Paxil, other SSRIs May Cause Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A 2006 study from Denmark, published in the medical journal Epidemiology, has evaluated the risk for birth defects and other neonatal complications that results from maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy.  “SSRI” stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and represents a new class of antidepressant drugs that change levels of serotonin in the brain. … Continue Reading

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) Linked to Maternal Use of SSRI Drugs during Pregnancy

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Overview of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is a congenital heart defect (present at birth) characterized by the failure of the circulatory system of the fetus to transition properly for circulation outside the womb.  Before a child is born, it gains oxygen-laden blood directly from its mother… Continue Reading

Patent Foramen Ovale Birth Defect Linked to Maternal Use of SSRI Drugs During Pregnancy

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a birth defect characterized by a minor malformation in the heart, where a small hole “between the right and left atria (upper chambers) of the heart that fails to close naturally soon after a baby is born.”[1]  Patent foramen ovale is a type of atrial septal defect, a class of conditions… Continue Reading

Clubfoot Birth Defect Linked to Maternal Use of SSRIs

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Clubfoot is a congenital defect (present at birth) characterized by the malformation of the feet, and “is the most common congenital disorder of the legs.”[1]  MedlinePlus, a prominent online medical encyclopedia curated by the United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, states that clubfoot “can range from mild and flexible to severe… Continue Reading

Spina Bifida Linked to SSRI Use

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Spina Bifida (“myelomeningocele” being the most common form) is a birth defect in the larger class of “neural tube defects,” characterized by the malformation or underdevelopment of the neural tube in a developing infant before birth.  In spina bifida, “the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth”[1] as they normally would. PubMed Health,… Continue Reading

Increased Risk of Anal Atresia Associated with Maternal SSRI Use in Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Anal atresia, or “imperforate anus,” is a congenital birth defect “in which the opening to the anus is missing or blocked.”[1]  PubMed Health, a prominent online medical encyclopedia curated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, states that anal atresia may manifest in several different ways: “The rectum may end in a blind pouch that… Continue Reading

Zoloft Linked to Omphalocele Birth Defect

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Omphalocele is a congenital birth defect in which the intestines or other abdominal organs stick out of the baby’s navel, and is considered a type of hernia.  Babies born with omphalocele are at a dramatically increased risk for intestinal infection,[1] and “death of intestinal tissue,”[2] both of which are very serious medical conditions that may… Continue Reading

2010 – Fresenius Medical Care: Most Prominent Dialysis Company

Posted in Granuflo & Naturalyte

The Economist reported that in 2010, Fresenius Medical Care “sold 55% of new dialysis machines.”  An international healthcare giant, Fresenius Medical Care also designs and manufactures dialysates – chemicals used to clean the blood of patients whose kidneys no longer function and therefore must undergo dialysis – such as GranuFlo.   Tragically, in 2010, 941… Continue Reading

Limb Reduction Defects Linked to Zoloft, Celexa

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Limb reduction deficits are congenital (from birth) malformations of the newborn’s body in which one or more of the limbs does not fully develop, either partially or fully, before birth.[1]  The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the general population, about 4 babies in every 10,000 are born born with… Continue Reading

Undescended Testes Linked to Maternal SSRI Use

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Undescended testicle (or testes) is a condition in which “one or both testicles fail to move into the scrotum before birth.”[1]  While most of the time, an undescended testicle will descend within the first year of the baby’s life, though if it does not, experts write that surgery ought to be considered at this point.[2] [3]… Continue Reading

Use of SSRIs during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of PPHN

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine has investigated the connection between maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) such as Zoloft®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Celexa®, and Lexapro® during pregnancy and the development of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn.  This study, published by Helle Kieler et al. corroborates earlier research… Continue Reading

American Journal of Psychiatry Illustrates Danger of Antidepressant Use during Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A study published in 2002 in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Gregory E. Simon, et al. goes great lengths to elucidate the danger of maternal use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy.  In this study, Simon gathered data from the Group Health Corporation, “a prepaid health plan serving approximately 400,000 members in Washington State.”[1]… Continue Reading

Study Shows Danger of SSRIs When Used During Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry set out to determine whether it was worse for a developing fetus to be exposed to antidepressant drugs during gestation or to be carried to term by a mother-to-be who suffered from depression during pregnancy.  This study, published by Dr. Tim F. Oberlander et al…. Continue Reading

Study Shows Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Leads to More Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

In 2010, a Danish study published in the medical journal Clinical Epidemiology set out to evaluate the danger posed to infants born to mothers who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a new class of antidepressant drugs including Zoloft®, Paxil®, and Prozac®) during early pregnancy. The study, published by Jette B. Kornum et al. compared… Continue Reading

Samsca Associated With Liver Damage – My Law Firm Is Investigating

Posted in Samsca

On January 25th, the FDA announced that the drug Samsca (tolvaptan) “has the potential to cause irreversible and potentially fatal liver injury.” ISSUE: Otsuka and FDA notified healthcare professionals of significant liver injury associated with the use of Samsca. In a double-blind, 3-year, placebo-controlled trial in about 1400 patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease… Continue Reading

Study Shows SSRI Use during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Published in a 2011 edition of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a study by Dr. Heli Malm (et al.) evaluated the risk of birth defects for children born to mothers who used selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (a type of antidepressant medication) during pregnancy.  Drugs whose danger was evaluated included fluoxetine (Prozac®, Sarafem®, Fontex®, and others),… Continue Reading

Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A birth defect of the heart recently found to be associated with maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy,[1] pulmonary valve stenosis is characterized by a narrowing (stenosis) of the pulmonary valve of the heart, the valve which opens to allow blood to flow from the right ventricle to the lungs for oxygenation.[2] Specifically, pulmonary… Continue Reading