Zoloft and Pregnancy Use Linked to Serious Health Problems for Children

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted February 3, 2014


As Zoloft lawsuits move forward in state and federal courts throughout the country, which are being pursued on behalf of children born with severe health problems, new studies continue to highlight the potential birth defects that may be caused by use of Zoloft during pregnancy.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent families of children who have suffered a variety of different birth defects and malformations that may have been caused by Pfizer’s failure to warn about the potential risks associated with Zoloft and pregnancy use, including:

  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Spina Bifida
  • Lung Defects
  • Abdominal Defects
  • Cranial Defect
  • and Other Serious Health Problems


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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal highlighted how side effects of Zoloft and other similar antidepressants may increase the risk of children suffering the serious lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) the later the medication is taken during pregnancy.

PPHN is generally considered a rare health problem, which leaves newborns unable to adapt to breathing outside of the womb.

Children suffering from this serious birth defect often require intensive care and must be placed on a ventilator to assist breathing. In some cases, children may be left with brain damage, organ failure and death.

In this recent study, published on January 14, Canadian researchers looked at data involving a variety of drugs like Zoloft, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The study found that the later a woman took an SSRI like Zoloft during pregnancy, the more likely she was to give birth to a baby with PPHN.

Zoloft (sertraline) is one of the most widely used SSRIs on the market. Some studies have linked it to a six-fold increased risk of PPHN when taken by women after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Zoloft Lawyers for Children with Health Problems

As a result of Pfizer’s failure to provide accurate information to women and doctors about the risk associated with using Zoloft while pregnant, hundreds of children have been left with devastating injuries that may have been avoided.

The Zoloft injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for families throughout the United States to determine if financial compensation may be available as a result of the drug maker’s decision to place their desire for profits before the safety of children nationwide.

All cases are reviewed by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no expenses or fees unless our law firm is successful obtaining compensation for your child. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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