Wellbutrin is an antidepressant drug prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and even in some cases to quit smoking. Wellbutrin is manufactured by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline.
If taken during pregnancy, Wellbutrin may result in severe birth defects in those infants. Women who were pregnant and took Wellbutrin may be at a higher risk of having children with congenital heart defects. According to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, unborn infants who were exposed to Wellbutrin early on in pregnancy may be more than twice as likely to be at risk of certain heart defects. Most of these congenital birth defects require surgery early in life to be corrected.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2006 which claims that women who take certain antidepressants during pregnancy have as much as a six-fold chance of having babies born with congenital birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which is a possibly fatal defect of the lungs. Also, another study by The New England Journal of Medicine declared that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be more than twice as likely to bear infants with other intestinal and skull defects.
Some of the potential birth defects that may be caused by prenatal Wellbutrin use may include:
Many new parents ask themselves what was the cause of my child’s birth defects? Did it happen during pregnancy? The antidepressant Wellbutrin may be linked to causing the development of birth defects in unborn babies, infants, and children when their mothers took antidepressants while pregnant.
Our law firm is handling individual birth defect lawsuits against drug and pharmaceutical companies and currently accepting new Wellbutrin cases across the nation. If your child was born with a birth injury that you believe may have been caused by taking an antidepressant like Wellbutrin during pregnancy, then you should contact our law firm as soon as possible for a free confidential review of your potential birth defect lawsuit case. All cases are handled on a Contingency Fee Basis (no attorney’s fees or expenses charged unless we recover for you.