After investigation, experts have noted a link between certain birth defects and ingestion of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy. Zoloft, one of a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is often prescribed for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and various anxiety and panic disorders.
One of the primary classes of defects experts have tied to use of the drug is defects of the heart. These include atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD). Both refer to holes in the heart that are present at birth.
In a ventricular septal defect, this hole occurs between the lower two chambers of the heart. In an atrial septal defect, the hole occurs between the heart’s two upper chambers.
Small holes in the heart often close on their own within the first year of life. However, larger holes or holes that are not detected until later normally do not repair on their own and require surgery.
Atrial and ventricular septal defects are often difficult to detect. These conditions can sometimes be present for decades without symptoms. However, when symptoms are present, they can include fatigue, shortness of breath, skipped heart beats, heart palpitations, heart murmur, and swelling in the extremities or abdomen.
If you gave birth to a baby with a hole in its heart and took Zoloft during your pregnancy, contact us today to have our experienced attorneys provide a free evaluation of your case. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your child’s injuries.