Zoloft, is an anti-depressant medication. Its chemical name is Sertraline. Zoloft was also sold under the trade name Lustral. In 2007, it was the most prescribed anti-depressant in the United States, with more than 29 million prescriptions. This drug may cause birth defects and lead to a Zoloft lawsuit.Zoloft Uses
Zoloft is used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.Zoloft Birth Defects
Taken prenatally, Zoloft can result in serious birth defects. Pregnant women who took Zoloft may have children with congenital heart defects. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, fetuses exposed to Zoloft during early pregnancy are more than twice as likely to be at risk for heart defects. This birth defect requires surgery to be corrected.
In 2006, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that women taking anti-depressants have six times the risk of infants developing persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN), a potentially fatal lung defect. In addition, a 2007 study in the same journal showed that women taking anti-depressants prenatally are more than twice as likely to have infants with skull and intestinal deformities.Help If You've Been Injured by Zoloft
At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, our attorneys understand that your child's birth defects may not be your fault – instead, possibly a dangerous side effect of Zoloft. Our expertise and experience, combined with our highly trained staff, make us uniquely well-equipped to handle even the most complex products liability claims.
For preliminary questions about your Zoloft case, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you suspect your child has a Zoloft injury such as a heart defect, PPHN, or any other congenital malformation, and need to talk to a seasoned team of professionals, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.