Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are the most frequently prescribed category of antidepressants that have been developed over the past 20 years. Although commonly used as an antidepressant, SSRIs are also used to treat various types of mood disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression

According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics to rate of antidepressant use in the United States among teens and adults has increased by more than 300% since the late 80s and early 90s. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. Furthermore, women are 2.5 times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men.

Mood disorders are also one of the most frequently diagnosed issues among social security disability beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 8 and 9 percent of Georgia residents meet the criteria for depression. Additionally, between 9 and 10 percent of South Carolina residents meet the criteria for depression.

Although there are many side-effects to using SSRIs, some manufacturers have failed to warn pregnant women of the effects the drugs can have on their child.

If you gave birth to a child with serious birth defects and used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.  Contact an SSRI birth defect lawyer right away to see if you have a claim.


For a free evaluation of your SSRI claim, fill out the ‘FREE CASE EVALUATION’ form to your right.

Types of SSRIs

SSRI’s work by boosting serotonin in the brain. Also known as a neurotransmitter the primary function of serotonin is mood regulation, low serotonin levels are linked to depression and anxiety; a boost of serotonin has proved to be effective in mood regulation.

SSRIs are referred to as “selective” because they have a minimal impact on the other neurotransmitters in the brain thus giving them a therapeutic advantage over previous antidepressants.

Some common SSRI’s include:

Paxil Zoloft Celexa
Lexapro Prozac Cymbalta

SSRI Side Effects

In 2006 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning requiring SSRI medication warning labels to be strengthened in order to warn patients of the potential dangers.

In 2012 the Food and Drug Administration released a safety announcement updating the public on the use of SSRIs by women during pregnancy. The FDA warned that there have been conflicting studies in the risk pregnant women face while taking an SSRI.

However, a case-controlled study from 2006 found that who took an SSRI after the 20th week of pregnancy were 6 times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension than infants born to mothers who did not take the SSRIs.

In 2005, a Danish study noted that infants exposed to SSRIs during the first trimester have a 60 percent higher risk of being born with a birth defect. These defects include:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Cleft palate
  • Limb deformity
  • Heart defects
  • Atrial Septal defects
  • Epilepsy/seizures

Women who are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant should consult with their physician about the use of SSRIs. If you are pregnant and are depressed speaking with a health professional can help you determine what your best treatment options are.

How We Can Help

SSRIs can lead to not only birth defects but dangerous surgeries and other special medical care which can be costly and take an emotional toll on the family. At The Eichholz Law Firm we understand how serious SSRI birth defects can be and how they will often impact the child and family in the present and future.

An experienced attorney can help you determine if you may be entitled to pursue legal action against drug manufacturers. We understand that copying with a birth defect can be difficult and believe you need an aggressive advocate on your side who has the resources available to fight for your rights. Our attorneys proudly work on a contingency basis, this means you do not pay us unless we are able to recover compensation for you.

Contact an SSRI Attorney Today

At the law offices of The Eichholz Law Firm, we feel that when a pharmaceutical company fails to adequately warn consumers of risks associated with their products, they should be held responsible. If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with birth defects after taking an SSRI, contact our antidepressant birth injury lawyers as soon as possible for a free and confidential case evaluation.

We have recovered more than $50 MILLION in compensation for our clients and can guide you safely through the entire personal injury litigation process.

To find out how we can help you, contact us today at (866) 947-7449 to speak with our attorneys to discuss the merits of your potential claim. We proudly offer FREE case reviews and we only get paid when we win.

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