Taking prescription medications while pregnant is a difficult decision for an expectant mother to make, and when a child is born with a congenital defect linked to a medicine she took, it can be an especially devastating experience. According to several different medical research studies, the antidepressant medication Effexor (and several other antidepressant medications) has shown associations with a variety of different congenital heart and birth defects, including transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Because many women who took Effexor while pregnant were unaware of the potentially increased risk of this condition, the result has been widespread litigation against the makers and distributors of these antidepressant products. If your child was born with a birth defect following exposure to an SNRI or SSRI, an Effexor transposition of the great arteries lawsuit may be the right choice for you and your family.
Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a rare congenital heart defect, and its rarity amongst the general population is one reason why its link to taking Effexor while pregnant is particularly noticeable. When this defect is present, the positioning of the two primary arteries, the Aorta and the Pulmonary artery, are switched and are attached to the incorrect ventricle. The result of this happening is that circulations are parallel instead of in a series and the body is deprived of oxygen. Without sufficient oxygen in the blood, the performances of many body systems suffer. Typically, Effexor transposition of the great arteries is detected within several weeks of birth.
The symptoms that accompany Effexor transposition of the great arteries are similar to the symptoms of several other congenital heart defects; for this reason it is important to obtain a diagnosis from a medical professional. Common symptoms of Effexor TGA include:
Transposition of Great Arteries can arise as the result of many environmental factors during pregnancy including poor nutrition, excessive alcohol consumption, poorly treated diabetes in mother, as well as the consumption of various prescription medications/drugs, including Effexor. Other antidepressants linked to congenital heart defects like TGA include: Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Celexa, and Prozac. If not treated properly Effexor transposition of great arteries can result in hypoxia, heart failure, lung damage, and even death. Later in life TGA patients have also reported these associated medical conditions: leaky heart valves, arrhythmias, narrowing of coronary arteries, and even heart failure.
With a congenital heart defect like transposition of the great arteries, the treatment is crucial. You want to secure the best medical care for your child, and doing so can be quite expensive. If your child was born with a birth defect after being exposed to an antidepressant medication during fetal development, you may be eligible for financial compensation through an Effexor Transposition of Great Arteries Lawsuit. Call the Willis Law Firm immediately to have your potential claim reviewed confidentially and free of charge. The Willis Law Firm has a team of experienced legal professionals ready to assist you and answer any related questions you may have. Call us today.