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Infant Heart Defects Caused by Antidepressant Drugs

Numerous personal injury law firms are investigating claims on behalf of children suffering from heart defects that may have resulted from the use ofantidepressant drugs by their mothers while pregnant. These drug side-defects may include atrial septal defects,ventricular septal defects, transposition of the great arteries (TGA or TOGA),patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR), double outlet right ventricle (DORV), and coarctation of the aorta (CoA).

These most common antidepressant drugs are commonly known as "SSRIs" which stands for "Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor" and "Serotonin-Specific Reuptake Inhibitor." They are commony used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and insomnia.

Some of the most popular SSRI drugs are:

  • Celexa (generic name citalopram)
  • Lexapro (generic name escitalopram)
  • Prozac & Sarafem (generic name fluoxetine)

- Paxil (generic name paroxetine)

Many lawsuits have been tried and settled regarding similar defects allegedly caused by Paxil.

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