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Zoloft Usage

Zoloft is an antidepressant.  However, it has also been prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.  Zoloft was also sold generically under the trade name Lustral.

Zoloft Side Effects

Taken prenatally, Zoloft can cause serious birth defects, such as spina bifida, persistent pulmonary hypertension, clubfoot, bone malformations, septal heart defects, skull deformities, and intestinal malformations.

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.

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.

If You've Been Using Zoloft

If you or someone you know took Zoloft while pregnant, and note any of the birth defects above, you should contact your physician immediately.

In addition, you should contact an experienced Zoloft lawyer to review the facts of your case, and help determine if you have a claim.  You can receive compensation for your child's injuries if they are directly caused by using Zoloft as prescribed by a doctor.  Contact O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath today for a free consultation.

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