Remeron Birth Defects

The FDA has classified Remeron (mirtazapine) as a pregnancy category “C” drug, pending further birth defect investigation and studies. At the present time, animal birth defect studies have yet to conclusively document the teratogenic effects of Remeron. With regard to birth defects, medical experts stress that Remeron (mirtazapine) should only be given during pregnancy when benefits outweigh risks for potential birth defects. Various classes of antidepressants have long been linked to serious congenital birth defects.  SSRI antidepressants have been linked to severe congenital heart defects and lung defects, including: atrial septal defects (ASD – hole in the heart), ventricular septal defects (VSD – hole in the heart), tetrology of fallot (ToF), hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), transposition of the great arteries (TGA or TOGA), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR), coarctation of the aorta (CoA), and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

The results of a prospective, comparative, observational study (n=312) indicates that 95% of the pregnant women were exposed to Remeron (mirtazapine) during the organogenesis period of pregnancy and 25% were exposed throughout the entire pregnancy. Among other potential effects, exposure to mirtazapine was also associated with a higher rate of preterm births.

In many cases involving antidepressants like Remeron, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil and the serious congenital birth defects related to these antidepressants, surgery is required. Surgery may be required when a child is an infant or toddler and then again, potentially multiple times, as the child grows to maturity. In many cases, with surgery and medical care, children may be able to lead mostly normal and productive lives.

Speak to a Remeron Lawyer about a Remeron Birth Defect Lawsuit

If you took Remeron or generic Mirtazapine during pregnancy and your child was born with a severe birth defect, we encourage you to contact a Remeron litigation attorney at our law firm immediately. It may be too late to recover from the devastating effects of Remeron, but an experienced products liability attorney can assist you in legal action against the makers of Remeron. You are not alone. Join other birth defect victims and their families in speaking up and fighting for your legal rights.


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