Prozac Birth Defects

prozac use during pregnancy linked to heart defects in babies

Prozac lawyer Justinian Lane reports that Prozac and other antidepressants dramatically increase the risk of heart defects if used during pregnancy:

Further analyses revealed that Paxil® and Prozac® raised the risk for congenital (from birth) heart disease to 4.3% and 3.0%, respectively, while the rate in the general population for being born with a congenital heart defect is about half that, at 1.60%.[4]

Source: Paxil, Prozac, and Elevated Risk for Heart Defects

Lane revealed this information in a blog post summarizing three different studies regarding the effect of SSRI use during pregnancy.  “As many as one in five women suffer some sort of depression during pregnancy.  But far fewer than one in five know that using SSRI’s during pregnancy increases the chances of giving birth to a child with a heart defect,” said Lane.

Lane is one of the few personal injury lawyers that handle SSRI birth defect cases.  “These aren’t like a typical car accident case.  Successfully resolving a Prozac birth defect lawsuit takes a team of skilled lawyers with ample resources,” explained Lane.  His firm has offices in San Antonio and Austin, and has a team of eight lawyers who represent injured consumers.

Legal Reader has been hearing rumors that the first Prozac heart defect lawsuit was filed two or three weeks ago.  We are currently chasing down those rumors and will provide commentary when we confirm them.