Cipralex

Congenital Heart Defects

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned doctors and patients that exposure to SSRI’s such as Cipralex during pregnancy pose a serious risk to the fetus and has been linked to an increased risk of Congenital Heart Defects.

More specifically, the most common form of Cipralex induced heart birth defects observed by our firm has been either Atrial Septal Defects or Ventricular Septal Defects.

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a case-controlled study wherein SSRI’s including Cipralex were linked to an increased risk of an infant being born with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).

Shortly after the aforementioned study was released, the FDA issued another Public Health Advisory warning that exposure to Cipralex during pregnancy posed a serious risk to the fetus and was linked to an increased risk of PPHN.

Abdominal & Cranial Birth Defects

According to information released from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants, SSRI antidepressants like Cipralex may cause two separate congenital abnormalities called Omphalocele and Craniosynostosis.

Omphalocele is a congenital (present at birth) abdominal wall defect at the base of the umbilical cord (umbilicus); the infant is born with a sac protruding through the defect which contains small intestine, liver, and large intestine.

Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby’s head to close earlier than normal. Sutures are connections that separate each individual skull bones. The early closing of a suture leads to an abnormally shaped head.

Do I have a Cipralex Lawsuit?

Our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cipralex lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Cipralex birth defect cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have taken Cipralex while pregnant and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

Known Cipralex Side Effects

  • Withdrawal
  • Birth Defects
  • Congenital Heart Defects, Atrial or Ventricular Septal Defects (hole in heart)
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Abdominal Birth Defects / Omphalocele
  • Cranial Birth Defects / Craniosynostosis

Other Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants

In addition to those listed above, Cipralex and other antidepressants have been linked to the following life-threatening birth defects:

  • Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
  • Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
  • Mitral Valve
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Murmur
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Club Foot
  • Anal Atresia
  • Spina Bifida

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