Articles tagged: Lexapro

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro, or escitalopram, is a type of medicine used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and some other mental health conditions. Lexapro belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that seek to remedy chemical imbalances in the brain regarding serotonin, a chemical that influences and stabilizes mood. A popular treatment option, Lexapro has been prescribed to over 18 million adults in the United States alone. Other popular SSRI antidepressants include: Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Celexa.

FDA Lexapro Pregnancy Warning

The United States Food and Drug Administration classifies SSRI antidepressants as a “Category C” drug for pregnancy. “Category C” means that “studies…have revealed adverse effects on the fetus,” and it “should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.” On 7/19/2006, the FDA issued a warning regarding a recently conducted study that demonstrated that newborns who’s mothers took SSRIs (like Lexapro) during pregnancy were SIX times as likely to be born with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) when compared with infants who’s mothers did not take an SSRI at any time during the term of their pregnancy. The FDA is currently reviewing further research regarding this link, and has requested that all SSRI labels now include this information.

Lexapro Pregnancy Birth Defects

In addition to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy has been associated with several other congenital birth defects as well. Paxil, another popular SSRI changed its label in 2005 to include information regarding an increased risk of cardiac problems to the baby when taken during the first trimester of fetal development. Other reported Birth Defects occurring after taking Lexapro, or other SSRI, during pregnancy include: Craniosynotosis, Neural Tube Defects, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ebstein’s Anomaly, Limb Reductions, Club Foot/Bilateral Club Feet, Omphalocele, and several others.

Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuits – Talk to a Lexapro Lawyer

At the Willis Law Firm, we are committed to helping those who have had their world turned upside down by the significant birth defects that can follow Lexapro or other antidepressant use during pregnancy. If you or a loved one took an SSRI antidepressant during any part of your pregnancy and delivered a baby with any of the previously mentioned conditions, call the Willis Law Firm today for a confidential Lexapro Lawsuit Evaluation free of charge. You may have a legal claim to financial compensation for the associated suffering that accompanies these serious birth defects. All Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuits are handled on a Contingency Fee basis, which means that you will not be charged legal fees unless a recovery is made.

FDA Pregnancy Categories

The United States Food and Drug Administration uses a classification system in order to categorize prescription drugs according to their potential risks posed to a developing fetus if taken by an expectant mother during pregnancy. Currently Lexapro and many other SSRI antidepressants are in “Category C” which the FDA describes as following:

Lexapro Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Paxil, another SSRI antidepressant medication was recently moved to the more severe “Category D” after adequate testing demonstrated a risk in human studies. Speculation suggests that soon all SSRI antidepressants will soon be class D.

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is a kind of antidepressant medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI for short. SSRIs work by regulating the amount of serotonin in the brain; serotonin is believed to influence moods. In addition to Lexapro, other popular SSRI medications currently on the market include:

  • Zoloft
  • Paxil
  • Celexa
  • Prozac

Since 2002, Lexapro has been prescribed for the treatment of depression and anxiety in over 18,000,000 adult Americans. Sometimes Lexapro is also used for the treatment of teenagers 13-17. Because it is in FDA Pregnancy “Category C,” Lexapro can still be prescribed to female patients who are pregnant. However, research studies conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine and other medical journals suggest that taking Lexapro during pregnancy can result in a variety of terrible birth injuries to the children of these women.

Lexapro Pregnancy Birth Defects

Its classification in “Category C” means that Lexapro demonstrated risks to fetal development in animal studies, but medical case-studies also find a correlation between taking an SSRI during pregnancy and human birth defects as well. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Heart Defects are some of the most frequently reported Lexapro Birth Defects. In July 2006, the FDA required SSRI medication labels (including Lexapro labels) to include a warning regarding increased risk of PPHN. Other potential Lexapro Birth Defects include club foot/bilateral club feet, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Limb Reductions, Cranial Skull Defects, and many others. In response to these birth defects, lawsuits have been filed by the mothers of children born with these defects against the pharmaceutical companies that make these medications.

Talk to a Lexapro Pregnancy Lawyer Today

If you had a child born with a serious birth defect and the mother was prescribed Lexapro (or other antidepressant) during any or all of the pregnancy, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm today, so you can have your potential claim evaluated by a Texas Trial Lawyer with the Highest Peer Rating, who is also licensed in New York. The Willis Firm is accepting Lexapro Pregnancy lawsuits across the nation on a Contingency Fee Basis, meaning that no fees will be incurred unless we secure a recovery. Call today for your free confidential case assessment.

Lexapro Pregnancy Birth Defects Warning

Lexapro, a popular SSRI antidepressant, has been prescribed to upwards of 18 million adults since its release in 2002. As an selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Lexapro is believed to improve mood problems through treating chemical imbalances in the brain. However, medical studies conducted over the last several years suggest that when taken during pregnancy, Lexapro (and other SSRIs) can result in an elevated risk of an infant developing one or more congenital, meaning present at birth, defects. Because Lexapro can move through the placenta during fetal maturation, it is possible for the medication to negatively affect formation of an unborn child. In addition to Lexapro, other SSRIs that can potentially increase risk to an infant include: Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil, and Prozac.

FDA Lexapro Pregnancy Warning

In 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert regarding the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (including Lexapro) in the treatment of depression during pregnancy. Case studies compiled between the years of 1998-2003 found a correlation between SSRI use by pregnant women and the likelihood that the baby would be born with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN). The study suggested that SSRI use during pregnancy resulted increased the risk of PPHN to the infant six times, when compared against women who did not use an antidepressant at any time during their pregnancy. After this warning, the FDA required SSRIs to change their labels in order to include information about these heightened risks.

Lexapro Pregnancy Birth Defect Lawsuits

Because Lexapro taken during pregnancy has been linked to such a wide spectrum of severe birth injuries, many parents choose to file antidepressant lawsuits. In developing a medication, drug companies have a responsibility to fully investigate any and all potential adverse effects associated with their product. In the case of Lexapro, many women do not believe that they were adequately informed of these risks prior to beginning treatment. When this results in having a child born with severe birth defects, a Lexapro lawsuit is one method by which they can be financially reimbursed for the financial and emotional expenses associated with their situations.

Talk to a Lexapro Lawyer Today

If your child was born with a serious birth deformity or congenital defect and the mother took Lexapro or other prescription medication during all or part of the pregnancy, you and your child may have a legal right to financial compensation through the filing of a Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm today, so that we can confidentially evaluate your potential claim free of charge. Currently, we are reviewing antidepressant birth defect cases nationwide and on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will incur no attorney or other legal fees unless a successful recovery is made.

In July of 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that taking Lexapro (Escitalopram) while pregnant can result in an increased risk of Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension. This alert was based on a case-control study performed by the New England Journal of Medicine which followed about 1200 women between the years of 1998-2003. The results of the study demonstrated that babies born to mothers who took SSRI antidepressants (including Lexapro) were six times more likely to have Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension(PPHN) than babies who were not exposed to SSRIs during gestation. Because the number of cases was fairly small, the study was unable to compare the risks between specific SSRIs and all of the following are associated with this risk:

  • Lexapro
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Celexa
  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Symbyax
  • Prozac

FDA Warning Regarding Taking Lexapro While Pregnant

Based on the information gathered from the New England Journal of Medicine study, the FDA has revised the prescribing information for Lexapro and other SSRIs to include this information. Furthermore, the FDA is also collecting data from other sources regarding to the potential association between SSRIs and neonatal PPHN. The FDA will provide additional information when it becomes available.

Lexapro FDA Pregnancy Category C

Currently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilizes a category system organized by letters to classify the risks posed to a fetus when a medication is taken by the expectant mother during the course of her pregnancy. To date, Lexapro is in Pregnancy Category C, which means that it does demonstrate adverse side effects to the unborn child in animal studies, but that adequate human studies have not yet been performed or evaluated. Category C medications, like Lexapro, can still be prescribed to pregnant patients if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the baby.

Taking Lexapro While Pregnant – Talk to a Birth Defects Lawyer

Were you taking Lexapro or another SSRI antidepressant while pregnant and delivered a baby with PPHN or other congenital birth defect or condition? If so, call the Willis Law Firm today for a confidential Lexapro Lawsuit Assessment free of charge. Have your potential claim reviewed by a highly acclaimed trial lawyer with the highest peer review rating. We are currently accepting Lexapro Birth Defect Lawsuits nationwide on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients will never be billed for lawyer or other legal fees unless a successful financial recovery is obtained. Call the Willis Law Firm Today to let us help you and your child secure the compensation you may be legally entitled to.

What is Lexapro?

Escitalopram, more commonly known by its brand name “Lexapro,” is one of many medications prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Lexapro belongs to a category of antidepressants called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), along with the popular medications Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, and Paxil. SSRIs are believed to affect moods by restoring chemical imbalances in the brain involving serotonin. At this point in time, over eighteen million adults in the US have been prescribed Lexapro; in some cases Lexapro is prescribed to adolescent patients too. Recently the safety of using SSRI medications like Lexapro during pregnancy has been called into question, and many researchers believe that doing so can result in severe side effects in the form of congenital defects to the developing fetus.

Can I take Lexapro During Pregnancy?

The United States Food and Drug Administration currently puts prescription drugs into various categories based on their perceived risk to the mother and developing child. The Pregnancy categories range from “A” (no harm to mother or fetus) to Catgory “X” (should not ever be taken during pregnancy). Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants are in Category “C,” meaning that animal testing suggests harm to fetus, but adequate clinical research does not yet exist for humans. This means that currently, despite reliable postulation that Lexapro taken during pregnancy can cause side effects to a fetus, it can still be prescribed to pregnant women.

Types of Lexapro Pregnancy Side Effects

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are linked to an increased risk of many different harrowing birth defects including, but not limited to the following:

  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Abdominal Defect
  • Cranial Skull Defects
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Club Foot/Bilateral Club Feet

Lexapro Pregnancy Side Effect Lawsuits

Many of the side effects that can potentially occur when a woman takes Lexapro during any part of her pregnancy necessitate intensive and expensive neonatal care. Some require invasive surgical treatments, and a lifetime of careful monitoring by specialized medical professionals. Furthermore, having a child born with any, or a combination of these birth defects creates extreme emotional distress. Many female patients are not adequately warned of Lexapro Pregnancy Side Effects prior to conceiving a child. As a result hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the pharmaceutical companies that make SSRI medications, like Lexapro.

Took Lexapro During Pregnancy – Talk to a Lexapro Lawyer

Did you take an SSRI antidepressant like Lexapro at any time during a pregnancy? Was your child born with any of the adverse side effects mentioned above? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be eligible for a Lexapro Pregnancy Side Effect Lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm today to have your potential claim evaluated confidentially and free of charge by a Top Trial Lawyer with the Highest Peer Rating Licensed to Practice in both Texas and New York. The Willis Law Firm is currently accepting antidepressant pregnancy side effects cases nationwide; call us today.

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro, generic name Escitalopram, is a type of prescription antidepressant medication distributed by Forest Laboratories, Inc. Lexapro is in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that work by restoring chemical balances in the brain that are believed to affect mood. Other popular SSRI prescriptions include Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and Celexa. To date, Lexapro has been prescribed to somewhere over 18 million adults in the United States for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and several other conditions. Sometimes Lexapro is used in the treatment of adolescents as well.

Lexapro Birth Defects

Although Lexpro is used for the treatment of mood disorders, it has recently been the subject of several research projects which seek to establish a link between Lexapro taken during pregnancy and the following adverse birth effects. Lexapro (and other SSRI) use during the 1st trimester of pregnancy is associated with following increased risks of congenital defects: Omphalocele (6X), Anal atresia and limb reduction defects (4X), and Septal defects (2X). Other reported birth defects and congenital heart defects to children born to women that took Lexapro (and other associated SSRIs) during fetal development include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Atrial or Ventricular Septal Defects (Holes in the Heart Wall)
  • Heart Valve Defects
  • Neural Tube Defects (including Spina Bifida)
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
  • Tetrology of Fallot (TOF)
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Club Foot/Bilateral Club Feet
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV)
  • Abdominal Defects (including Omphalocele)
  • Cranial Skull Defects (Craniosynostosis)
  • Ebsteins Anomaly
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)

Many of these conditions require surgery or hospitalization for treatment, while others require a lifetime of monitoring and care. The costs to a family dealing with any one or combination of these conditions includes not only financial costs, but also emotional and physical costs as well. For this reason, a Lexapro Pregnancy lawsuit is often a good method when seeking financial compensation for these types of suffering.

Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuit – Talk to a Lawyer

If your child was born with serious birth defects and the mother was taking Lexapro (or any other SSRI antidepressants, anti-psychotic or seizure and/or epilepsy medications) throughout any part or all of the pregnancy, call this Willis Law Firm for a Free & Confidential Antidepressant Lawsuit Assesment. You and your child may have grounds for a Lexapro lawsuit that could result in monetary compensation for their injuries. Call today to get information about filing a Lexapro Pregnancy Lawsuit, and help hold manufacturers responsible for the damages caused by their dangerous drugs.

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a type of congenital heart defect (present at birth) that primarily affects the major arteries responsible for the transportation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. This serious condition is present in around 2 per 1,000 births, which means that it is a fairly common defect. However, current data suggests that Lexapro use during pregnancy potentially increases the frequency of this heart birth defect. If your infant was born with PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) and you ingested Lexapro during any portion of your pregnancy, you should contact the Willis Law Firm for a confidential case evaluation free of charge.

Lexapro Patent Ductus Arteriosus Side Effects (PDA Side Effects)

Lexapro is one of several SSRI antidepressant medications prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and several other conditions. A popular treatment option, Lexapro has been prescribed by doctors to more than 18 million American adults since its inception in 2002. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), like Lexapro, work by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain that can adversely affect mood. Other SSRIs include Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Prozac.

Unfortunately, the composition of Lexapro may also be accountable for an elevated risk of a cornucopia of congenital heart defects, one of which being Patent Ductus Arteriosus. In summation, patent ductus arteriosus has been studied by medical researchers and considered a potential result of Lexapro taken during fetal development. This is because the chemical composition of Lexapro (Escitalopram) allows it to cross through the placenta during a pregnancy, which can adversely affect a developing child.

What is Patent Ductus Arteriosus?

The composition of a normal heart consists of the the ductus arteriosus linking the aorta with the pulmonary artery. Following birth, the lungs should be exposed to air, and the ductus arteriosus should seal. Conversely, in babies with PDA, the ductus arteriosus does not close. The existence of an opening makes it possible for the blood from the aorta (oxygen rich) to combine with blood from the pulmonary artery (lacking oxygen). As a result, deoxygenated blood saturates and overwhelms oxygenated blood that is intended for other regions of the body. The reduction of oxygen in the bloodstream is not capable of meeting the body’s functional necessities. Consequently, the lack of oxygen can be debilitating and manifest in a variety of adverse symptoms.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Symptoms

In many cases, patent ductus arteriosus only results in a non-detrimental heart murmur. On the other hand, symptoms can potentially excalet in the event of extra blood circulating into the lungs. The heart can also become greatly overstrained. These symptoms and complications are some of the most frequently exhibited among patent ductus arteriosus cases:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Breathlessness/Trouble Breathing
  • Abnormal feeding habits (Inability to eat enough)
  • Low Weight
  • Fatigue
  • Sweatiness/Clamminess
  • Pulmonary artery hypertension
  • Blue tint to skin and lips
  • Recurrent lung infection
  • Failure of the Heart
  • Infective Endocarditis

Lexapro Patent Ductus Arteriosus Lawsuit: Speak to an Attorney

If your child was born with a congenital heart defect or other birth defect and the mother took Lexapro (or other SSRI) during the pregnancy, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call the Willis Law Firm today to have your potential Lexapro Lawsuit evaluated free of charge and completely confidentially.

Many serious birth defects effects have been associated with the use of SSRI Antidepressants such as Lexapro (escitalopram), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Celexa (citalopram) during any or part of a pregnancy. Heightened risks exist for various types of Congenital Heart Defects, Lung Defects, Abdominal Wall Defects, Cranio-facial Defects, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other birth defects and malformations affecting various other areas of the child’s anatomy. Some women respond by filing Lexapro Lawsuits against the makers of these SSRIs in order to get financial compensation for all of the associated expenses with their child’s Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) and other conditions.

What is Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)?

Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, or TAPVR for short, is an uncommon congenital heart defect in which all four pulmonary veins fail to normally connect to the left atrium. As an alternative, all 4 pulmonary veins deplete abnormally to the right atrium through an anomalous, or abnormal, connection. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return can be broken down into different types, depending on how and where the various pulmonary veins deliver to the heart. The 3 primary types of TAPVR include:

  • Supracardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Cardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Infracardiac Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

All of the varieties of TAPVR exist concurrently with an atrial septal defect (ASD). This happens because all pulmonary veins fail to normally attach to the left side of the heart and blood is forced from the right atrium over the atrial septal defect (ASD). Without a corresponding ASD, survival until surgery would be simply impossible. Research suggests that ingesting SSRI’s like Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa during the course of a pregnancy can increase the risk of cardiac congenital defects including TAPVR with ASD as well as other heart chamber and valve defects. Unfortunately, a large number of women are still using these SSRI antidepressants upon discovering their pregnancy, and damage can occur before medication is ceased.

Lexapro Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return Lawsuit

If your baby was born with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) or other serious birth or heart defects and the mother was prescribed Lexapro or other SSRI antidepressants during all or any part of the pregnancy, you should call the Willis Law Firm for a Free & Confidential Lexapro Lawsuit Consultation because you and your child could have a legal claim to financial damages for the associated injuries through a Lexapro TAPVR Lawsuit. All Lexapro Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) and congenital defect cases are handled via a contingency fee basis, so the client will not be charged an attorney or legal case expenses until a recovery is made.

After the release of several different reputable studies regarding a correlation between taking Lexapro (and other SSRI antidepressants) during pregnancy and an elevated potential for having a child born with congenital defects including Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), many parents of affected newborns choose to file lawsuits against the makers of these medications. Other associated SSRIs include: Paxil, Celexa, Prozac, and Zoloft. While selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can be effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, findings suggest that they can pose adverse risks to a developing fetus. Many of the resultant conditions require expensive surgeries, hospitalization, and reduce quality of life. For this reason, individual Lexapro Lawsuits are one avenue for parents seeking financial help with their predicament.

What is Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DOVR)?

Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) one of several types of congenital heart defect characterized by having both great arteries attach to the right ventricle (either completely or partly). DORV can happen in numerous forms, varying in terms of great artery placement and mass, and also by ventricular septal defect position. Double Outlet Right Ventricle can also take place in the presence or absence of transposition of the great arteries. Because the formation of the heart occurs early in fetal development, the substances ingested by the mother before even knowing that she is pregnant can have an impact on the new baby’s heart. It is believed that Lexapro taken during pregnancy can contribute to the development of congenital heart defects, including DOVR.

Lexapro Double Outlet Right Ventricle Symptoms

To diagnose DOVR, the doctor will most likely listen for a heart murmur (abnormal sounding heart/blood movement) and ask for a detailed account of the child’s symptoms. Because the types of Double Outlet Right Ventricle are so varied, as you might expect the manifestation of symptoms are also comprised of a wide variety ranging in severity. Here are some commonly reported DOVR symptoms:

  • Trouble Eating
  • Trouble gaining or maintaining weight
  • Cyanosis (Either pale or blue tinted skin, nailbeds, or lips)
  • Excess perspiration
  • Strained Breathing
  • Rapid Breathing

Lexapro Double Outlet Right Ventricle Lawsuit: DOVR Lawyer

If your child was born with Double outlet right ventricle (DORV), or other congenital heart or birth defects and the mother had been prescribed Lexapro or other SSRI antidepressants in the duration of her pregnancy, then call for a Free & Confidential Lawsuit Assessment as you and your offspring may have a legal right to recompense for damages and injuries in a Lexapro Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) Lawsuit. All SSRI and DOVR and birth defect cases are taken on a contingency fee basis and the client is never billed for an attorney fees or any other case expenses save that a recovery is obtained.

What is Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)?

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a rare type of congenital heart condition, meaning that it is present at the time of birth. When some parts on the left side of the heart fail to completely develop during a pregnancy, HLHS occurs. The parts of the heart that may be affected include: left ventricle, aorta, mitral valve, and the aortic valve. HLHS is more prevalent in males than in females, and somewhere around 10% of infants born with this condition will also have other congenital defects. Typically with congenital heart disease, the exact cause cannot be pinpointed. However, medical research suggests that there is a potentially causal link between SSRI medication, like Lexapro, taken during pregnancy and an elevated risk of heart defects at birth, including Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Symptoms (HLHS Symptoms)

When a child is born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, they may appear to be completely normal. However, symptoms will typically develop during the first several hours of life, although it can take a few days in some cases. The most frequently recorded HLHS Symptoms include:

  • Cyanosis (Skin discoloration, often blueish)
  • Weak Pulse
  • Cold Extremities (Hands and Feet)
  • Rapid Heart Beat
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Death (If left untreated)

Lexapro Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Lawsuit

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS, is one of several congenital heart defects that has been linked to the maternal use of Lexapro (and other antidepressant medications) during fetal development. Although the research regarding these claims is fairly new and still undergoing development, some studies suggest that SSRI use during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects by somewhere between two and four times the rate without SSRI use. Additional antidepressant medications that are associated with this heightened risk of HLHS (and other birth defects) include: Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, and others. Many women who have children born with these defects do not feel that they were adequately warned of these horrendous possibilities and have proceeded to file lawsuits against the makers of these prescription medications.

Lexapro Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Lawyer

If your child was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (or other congenital heart or birth defect) and the mother took Lexapro (or other SSRI) during any part of the pregnancy, call the Willis Law Firm today. You and your child may be legally entitled to financial compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional damages experienced as a result of this condition. Call today to have your case evaluated for free by a Texas and New York board certified attorney with the highest peer review rating.