Understanding the Link between SSRIs and Autism

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a powerful class of drugs commonly used to treat depression, can have profound, unintended consequences on a child who experiences in utero exposure. According to a recent study, for instance, women who took SSRIs like Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft were twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and four times as likely to have autism if their mother ingested autism during the first trimester.

 

“What did you know?” and “When did you know it?” These are two particularly important questions in this area of the law. For many women, the act of taking an antidepressant wasn’t necessarily the result of a legal wrong. Taking an antidepressant without being told of its potential side effects, on the other hand, is something altogether different. You deserve full disclosure from the maker of a powerful drug like Zoloft; if you received less than a complete understanding of the risks, you may have experienced a legal harm that entitles you to compensation.

 

Want to find out more about your rights under the law? The attorneys at the Dallas firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to answer your questions and advise you of your rights and responsibilities under the law. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you.

How Can a Lawyer Help You with Your Prozac Lawsuit?

Thousands of families have been surprised to learn that their newborn came into the world having suffered a medical injury caused by a careless drug manufacturer. The sad irony for many families is that the womb in which the child was being carried, the part of his or her mother most closely associated with safety and protection, was the place where he or she was injured.

 

In an effort to combat natal depression, some expecting mothers take antidepressants such as Prozac, Lexapro, or Zoloft without realizing the possibility that their child may be hurt in the process. If your newborn suffers from persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) or one of several cardiac, behavior, or physical conditions, your family may have suffered a legal wrong. As with all legal wrongs, you may be able to successfully avail yourselves of your legal rights and remedies.

 

An experienced attorney with the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati may be able to help you understand your options in the aftermath of your family’s Prozac or other SSRI-related injury. With years of experience, we’re prepared to advise you on the many challenges you face and guide your thinking as to what your next steps should be. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Has Your Child Suffered an SSRI Birth Defect?

The birth defects related to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are numerous, painful, and life-altering. If your child has suffered from a cardiac birth condition, such as tetrology of fallout, hypoplastic left heart, or septal defect, or from a non-heart-related birth defect, such as spina bifida, cleft palate, or club foot, you may want to consider visiting with not only medical professionals, but legal counselors, too.

 

The law protects the victims of a personal injury, including injuries that occur to infants before their birth. The size of a legal recovery and the amount of time spent in litigation can vary, but what is unchanging is that a patient and victim must successfully allege certain factual and legal realities if the plaintiff is to succeed.

 

What are those realities? What might separate you and your family from the kind of sizeable financial recovery capable of off-setting your medical costs? The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati know these factual and legal issues well and can give you the advice and direction you need to successfully pursue your claims. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

A Risk Report for Former Prozac Patients

Pregnancy is a tough time for many women. Their physical, emotional, and hormonal changes can be significant. These changes can have a significant collateral effect, too. A 2009 study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 23 percent of women have at least one depressive episode during pregnancy.

 

To counteract these episodes, many women suffering depressive symptoms turn to a group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs like Lexapro, Paxil, and Prozac, among others, can have positive effects. A study in the medical journal Human Reproduction, however, determined that pregnant SSRI patients face a higher likelihood of complications, birth defects, preterm birth, and miscarriage.

 

Did you experience physical or emotional pain as a result of your SSRI prescription during pregnancy? Do you suspect that your SSRI medication may have contributed to a negative health outcome related to your pregnancy? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, your legal rights may have been affected. To find out whether this legal harm entitles you to a financial remedy, contact the professionals at the law firm of Fears Nachawati today. With years of experience, we know how to help and advise you. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Ready to Talk about Your Family's SSRI Injury?

For many families, the feelings associated with a newborn’s selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) injury include anger, guilt, confusion, and depression. Pulling at those emotional scabs can reveal painful emotions for many family members. However, it can also uncover important information that can help with the healing process.

 

Sadly, every year, thousands of children are born with SSRI-related health effects, like persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) and other severe physical birth defects. These birth defects are generally related to the fact their mother ingested an SSRI depression medication during pregnancy.

 

In many cases, the makers of SSRI medications like Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro failed to fully or appropriately communicate the full set of risks associated with their medication. In turn, some women took actions they would have never otherwise taken.

 

Have your family members’ lives been unexpectedly and significantly changed as a result of your child’s fetal SSRI exposure? If you’re like thousands of other parents, what you didn’t know about Lexapro or Zoloft did hurt you. Talk to the professionals at the Dallas firm of Fears Nachawati to learn more about your rights and your potential remedies. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Paxil's Revised Label Requirements

In response to unanticipated birth defect risks associated with a particular class of antidepressants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently required the maker of Paxil, a member of this class of drugs, to adopt more cautionary language for its label.

 

The FDA’s decision was an attempt to underscore the risks associated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Paxil. When regularly ingested by a pregnant woman, SSRIs have the potential to cause serious complications with her unborn child. Although perhaps the infamous, persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is just one of several adverse events related to SSRIs such as Paxil.

 

The research is clear that Paxil can be a dangerous and harmful drug. If you or your family have suffered as the result of a prescription antidepressant, you should speak to the attorneys and professionals at Fears Nachawati to learn if your legal rights were violated. For your free consultation, call 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Preparing for Your Family's SSRI Lawsuit

If your child suffered an SSRI-related injury such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), it may be wise to speak with a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney at Fears Nachawati about the legal effects of your family’s physical pain, emotional suffering, medical costs, and lost wages.

 

For a tragic number of families, a pregnant mother’s prescription antidepressant, such as Lexapro, Celexa, or Prozac, to name a few, impacts her in utero child’s development. This class of drugs, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is powerful and dangerous. More than a few children have been born with physical, chemical, and behavioral birth defects requiring considerable attention from doctors and parents.

 

There’s a legal question that many families are asking of the makers of these drugs: when it comes to side effects, what did you know and when did you know it? In so far as drug manufacturers knew of the risks of these medications and didn’t protect or warn patients, they may be legally responsible.

 

Find out if a legal action is right for your family and, if so, what steps you should take. You may have preparations to make. It’s good to be prepared. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you.

Parents Looks for Justice Following SSRI Surgery

Every year, thousands of parents confront a reality they never anticipated: a child who suffered a birth defect as the result of his or her mother’s prescription antidepressant. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may succeed at holding an expecting woman’s depression in check, but in rare instances, they also cause serious and potentially fatal birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).

 

PPHN and other SSRI-related birth defects aren’t just medical events. They’re legal events, too. Depending on what you or your spouse were told when you were prescribed your Lexapro, Zoloft, Paxil, or other SSRI, you may have a viable cause of action against the manufacturer and marketer of this powerful drug.

 

Are you ready to begin your fight for justice? The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati know how to assess your claims and to vigorously advocate for your legal interests. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you in your search for justice.

How Much Did You Know about SSRI Risks?

For thousands of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) patients, the difference of knowing something and knowing everything about SSRI risks may be critical. Knowing the full picture lets patients make wise, well-considered decisions for themselves and their families. Sadly, many SSRI consumers only knew part of the story, not realizing the dangers that lurked around the corner.

 

For instance, did you or your loved one realize that SSRI-health risks for unborn children tend to spike during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy? Or did you realize that the potential for exposure to SSRI active ingredients may continue after birth as a result of SSRI-bearing breast milk? You deserve the full picture. The unfortunate reality is that for a prolonged period of time the makers of powerful SSRIs communicated on a part of the story.

 

The attorneys at Fears Nachawati know how to advise and direct your thinking when it comes to responding to SSRI exposure. Your legal rights may have been violated. Find out if you and your family have a viable recourse as a result. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you.

How Should You Handle Your Concerns about SSRI Effects?

A widely prescribed class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has caused the tragic injury of thousands of newborn children. And to add insult to injury, many expecting mothers never realized that their prescription to Paxil, Zoloft, or Celexa might cause harm to the child developing inside of them.

 

What kinds of birth defects are associated with maternal SSRI treatments? Effects vary on a case-by-case basis, but the most serious have typically been associated with cardiac, pulmonary, and developmental complications. Sadly, all SSRI risks are not created equally. Recent research suggests that fetal complications are generally more likely to occur in the first and last trimesters, however, many patients don’t realize this.

 

Have your family members’ lives been unexpectedly and significantly changed as a result of your child’s fetal SSRI exposure? If you’re like thousands of other blindsided parents, what you didn’t know about Lexapro or Zoloft did hurt you. Fortunately, you may have recourse for your grievances. Talk to the professionals at the Dallas firm of Fears Nachawati to learn more about your rights and your potential remedies. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We can help you.

Is Your Pharmacy Responsible for Your Child's SSRI Injuries?

If your child was born with an SSRI-related birth defect such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), you probably know that your family members’ physical pain and emotional suffering may give you the adequate basis for a personal injury lawsuit. What you may not realize is that the potential responsible parties could include more than the drug maker.

 

In some medical product liability cases, plaintiffs may allege that the pharmacy-retailer, wholesale distributor, and marketer may be liable for failing to adequately warn you about the risk that SSRI’s could increase the likelihood of birth defects. Including all of the parties responsible in your product liability action could be important in your search for justice. Justice may require all potentially liable parties to answer your questions.

 

Want to know more about your rights in the aftermath of an SSRI injury? The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to help you. Years of experience and dedicated expertise have put us in the position to address your concerns. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Failure to Warn, Failure to Keep Safe

Good medical decisions require complete information. Unfortunately, however, some pharmaceudical manufacturers have failed to appropriately or completely warn consumers and potential consumers about the risks of their product. Specifically, the makers of popular antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have faltered in their dedication to fully advise pregnant patients.

 

Recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) research has found that some children of SSRI patients suffered birth defects as a result of their pregnant mother’s antidepressant drug. Adverse events including cardiac, pulmonary, and behavioral conditions have impacted their development and, in some cases, permanently hindered their normal growth.

 

Does this sound familiar to you? If your family member has suffered as a result of prenatal SSRI exposure it may be time to speak with the attorneys and dedicated professionals at Fears Nachwati. With years of experience, we know how to defend you. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Zoloft, Lexapro, and Your Family

Increasingly, new mothers who fought depression during pregnancy are discovering that they may have reason to worry about the safety of the drug that prevented their depression. Recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings have underscored the risk that a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be considerably more harmful than many patients initially realize.

 

Zoloft, Lexapro, and many other brand name antidepressants fall within the definition of SSRIs. Sadly, although these drugs don’t directly hurt the patient, medical research suggests that when taken at certain stages of pregnancy these drugs may demonstrably increase the potential for the developing child to be born with a birth defect. Birth defects related to neonatal SSRI exposure include behavior as well as physical complications such as heart and lung problems like persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).

 

The attorneys at the law firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to advise you and your family if your child has been born with an SSRI-related birth defect. You child’s injuries may give rise to important legal claims. For many patients, it’s important to understand the value of these claims. For your free consultation, call 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to advise you.

Cardiac & Non-Cardiac Consequences of SSRI Exposure

For fetal infants, a mother’s SSRI antidepressant drug can be too powerful to safely absorb and, as a consequence, can be a cause of serious health complications after birth. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) constitute a variety of commonly prescribed antidepressants, including Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro.

 

What kind of serious complications are most common? In general, the most serious adverse effects of parental SSRI consumption fall into two categories: cardiac and non-cardiac. Cardiac conditions, those related to the infant’s heart, include septal defects, tetrology of fallout, and hypoplastic left heart. By contrast, non-cardiac effects are often associated with developmental conditions, such as cleft palate or club feet.

 

The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati know how to advise you if your child suffers from an SSRI-related birth defect. Once your family has secured proper medical care, the next important step may be to explore whether your child’s and your family’s legal rights were violated. Medical product liability is an important field of law and one that our professionals are prepared to explain to you. Find out the answers to your questions by contacting our team. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you.

How Was Your Family Impacted by Your SSRI?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a powerful class of antidepressants commonly prescribed to adults suffering from depression. Although side effects may exist for full-grown patients, some of the most painful, tragic, and surprising side effects relate to children. Specifically, recent medical research has revealed that fetal children who were exposed to SSRI ingredients during their mother’s pregnancy may experience serious health outcomes, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).

 

The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati understand the many challenges associated with medical products and the design, manufacturing, and marketing liability that may extend from them. The kind of product liability lawsuit that you may need can be complicated, time-consuming, and difficult. For the best results, you should consider a team of professionals who fully understand the difficulties that you and your family have faced as a result of your SSRI prescription and your child’s resultant suffering.

 

Your free consultation is just a phone call or email away. To find out the answers to your questions and learn more about your legal options, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to give you the help your family needs.

Is Lexapro Responsible for Your Child's PPHN?

Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is a serious and potentially fatal health condition that threatens the health of thousands of children every year. Infants suffering from PPHN suffer from a series of complications, including stroke and heart failure.

 

What causes neonatal PPHN? Contributing factors vary, but one of the most important is a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Although most don’t realize it, when expecting mothers ingest SSRIs like Zoloft, Lexapro, or Paxil, they may expose their developing fetus to active ingredients that can cause harm. To make matters worse, some SSRI manufacturers may have failed to appropriately warn patients, consumers, and medical professionals about the full risks of this dangerous medication.

 

Want to know more about the relationship between SSRIs and infant PPHN? The attorneys and professionals at Fears Nachawati can answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to give you the advice you need.

SSRI Victims May Need Dedicated Representation

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), a powerful class of antidepressant prescription medications such as Lexapro, Zoloft, and Paxil, are positively correlated to neonatal birth defects, according to recent health reports.

 

Concerns surrounding SSRI effects are so meaningful, in fact, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued statements cautioning medical professionals and patients to beware of increased risk during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. Likewise, some victims and their families have moved forward with medical product liability lawsuits on the basis of the lack of risk-based knowledge they possessed at the time they purchased the product.

 

Want to know whether your SSRI prescription is responsible for your child’s suffering and has impacted your family’s legal rights? The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati can help you answer this and many other important questions. Your free consultation is just a phone call or email away. To speak with our professionals today, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to help you.

Marketing a Crucial Issue in SSRI Litigation

For patients whose family has suffered as a result of consuming a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant during pregnancy, the weeks, months, and years ahead can be difficult. Many children born with SSRI-related birth defects require surgery; some never fully recover from prenatal exposure to this powerful drug.

 

How your SSRI prescription was marketed can have a meaningful impact on the extent to which you may be able to recover in a lawsuit. As you consider your future options, it’s important to first understand what you were – and were not – told about the possible effects of drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro.

 

The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to give you the advice you need on this important matter. Talk to our team today to learn how we may be able to help you as you consider your next steps. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to answer your questions.

Does Products Liability Law Protect SSRI Victims?

Federal and state laws protect consumers against a variety of risks and harms, including the possibility that the makers of a dangerous product might misstate the risks associated with that good. Importantly, in general the maker’s inaccurate statements need not be maliciously or carelessly made. The general rule for products liability is that even innocent misrepresentations about a product may subject a defendant to liability for harms caused by the product.

 

Sadly, thousands of families have experienced harm as a result of a group of medical product collectively known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Widely prescribed antidepressants, SSRIs have been shown to potentially cause serious harm to in utero children when the pregnant mother ingests the drug. Just like food and water transfer from mother to child, the ingredients in SSRIs transfer, too. In a tragic number of situations, this transfer has caused serious brain, lung, and physical injury.

 

Has an SSRI injured a member of your family? It may be wise to speak to the dedicated attorneys at Fears Nachawati to find out how products liability law may protect your loved ones. Contact our professionals today for your free consultation. Just call 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to fight for you!

Did an SSRI Hurt Your Newborn?

In the last several years, thousands of parents have come to realize that a connection may exist between their newborn’s birth defects and his or her mother’s prescription antidepressant. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, known as SSRIs, are a class of drug that may help a mother combat depression, but could also cause potentially severe developmental complications for the child.

 

Did you know that neonatal exposure to the active ingredients in SSRIs may be transferred via the umbilical cord or breast milk? The risk of harm is sufficiently great that the American Association of Pediatric has warned future parents and health care professionals about the possible injury to in utero children.

 

The attorneys at the law firm of Fears Nachawati know how to protect your interests if your family has been hurt by an SSRI like Prozac or Zoloft. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we’re prepared to help you. For a free consultation, call us today at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to advise you!

SSRI Risks Peak in First and Third Trimester

Medical research suggests that the widely prescribed class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been associated with birth defects. Specifically, drugs like Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa have been known to cause cardiac, pulmonary, and developmental complications among newborns whose mother ingested SSRIs during pregnancy.

 

The risk of prenatal exposure and the resulting complications are not evenly distributed during pregnancy. During the third trimester and, in particular, the first trimester, the possibility of significant, harmful fetal exposure is greatest. Of course, these are also periods in which expecting mothers may be least sensitive to these risks.

 

With this in mind, it is particularly important for SSRI manufacturers to adequately warn health care professionals and patients about the possibility of injury. Tragically, however, many patients did not receive sufficient information to understand the limitations of their antidepressant medication or the potential harm their child might experience.

 

Did you take an SSRI during your pregnancy? Has your child suffered from SSRI-related health conditions? If the answers to these questions is yes, it may be time for you to contact the lawyers and dedicated professionals at Fears Nachawati. With years of experience handling product liability cases like yours, we know how to represent your interests effectively. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to give you the legal help you need.

Autism & SSRIs

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be powerful antidepressants, but they are also a source of potential risk for the children expecting mothers. A rise in the number of newborns with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has led medical professionals to consider whether mother-patient SSRI consumption may be partially responsible.

 

Initial findings are disquieting for many parents and families. In some SSRI medications, research has found that ASD risk jumped by as much as 200 percent for expecting mothers. To make matters worse, the risk correlation was highest during the first trimester, precisely when many patients do not realize they may be pregnant.

 

Worried that your SSRI prescription may be positively correlated with your infant’s illness? The time to act is now. Find out what additional questions you should ask and whether the attorneys at the law firm of Fears Nachawati may be able to help you. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we know how to advise patients like you. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Risks

A class of powerful antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been on the market for several years. While they’ve helped millions, they’ve also injured thousands. Specifically, when some pregnant women have taken SSRIs like Zoloft, Prozac, or Celexa, their children have been born with brain, heart, lung, and developmental birth defects.

 

One of the most dangerous times for several SSRI medications is during the first trimester of pregnancy. In these early stages of pregnancy, the effects of SSRI drugs can be most powerfully felt in utero. Based on these risks, institutions such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a number of medical professionals have cautioned against the ill effects of SSRI exposure during pregnancy.

 

Want to find out if your SSRI was responsible for your child’s injury? Talk to the professionals at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati to find out how we may be able to help you. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we’re prepared to give you the advice you need. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to advise you of your rights!

SSRIs and Autism: A Connection You Shouldn't Ignore

Recent medical studies have determined that pregnant women should not only be concerned about the relatively well-established links between antidepressants and infant heart conditions like persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), but also about the potential relationship between SSRIs and autism.

 

While absolute risks are limited, mothers who took an antidepressant during pregnancy and who gave birth to a child affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may want to fully investigate the potential causes of the child’s ASD. In the event that the SSRI manufacturer failed sufficiently test the drug or warn the patient, injured families may have a viable claim.

 

Does this situation sound all too familiar for you and your family? Are you ready to find out whether your legal rights have been affected – and how? The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati are prepared to guide you through important decisions about your family’s well being and future. With years of experience, we know how to advise you.  For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com