Results from a 2006 study suggest that taking Zoloft during pregnancy caused numerous women to give birth to babies with persistent fetal circulation, a harmful birth defect. The condition is also referred to as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
Infants with persistent fetal circulation have lungs that do not receive adequate blood flow. This occurs because vessels that carry blood to the lungs do not expand the way they are meant to.
Symptoms of persistent fetal circulation can include a rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and cyanosis (blue-tinted skin caused by poor blood flow).
Zoloft is an antidepressant usually prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder and other disorders related to depression and anxiety. It is part of a classification of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The use of Zoloft has been tied to numerous birth defects through studies examining the babies of mothers who took the drug while pregnant.
If you or a loved one took Zoloft while pregnant and had a child with persistent fetal circulation or other birth defects, you may be able to join in a lawsuit against the makers of Zoloft.
Contact us today to see if your case meets the eligibility requirements needed to participate. Our experienced attorneys will provide you with a free evaluation to help you seek the compensation you and your child deserve.