Link Between Birth Defects and Antidepressants Taken During Pregnancy Continues to Strengthen— (Benzinga)

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St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

A new study has strengthened the link between birth defects and women who took antidepressants during pregnancy.

Pregnant women taking antidepressants is no rarity. In fact, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is quoted saying in a MSNBC article (” Depression dilemma in pregnancy: Ditch meds?”), that anywhere from 14% to 23% of pregnant women are estimated to experience depression during all three trimesters. This leads to around 8% of them to take antidepressants in an attempt to help alleviate the symptoms.

Recently, however, the question of whether the benefits of these antidepressants are worth it has been thrown into the limelight. After all, while untreated depression could prove harmful to a child, it does not in and of itself cause any serious defects or pregnancy complications. The antidepressants, on the other hand, possibly could.

New studies have been held in an attempt to research the dangers that are correlated with the taking of antidepressants – and the results have not been comforting. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ report of a new Danish study (” Fetal Exposure to Antidepressants and Normal Milestone Development at 6 and 19 Months of Age”), there has been a preliminary correlation between pregnant women taking antidepressants and delayed development in their children. In fact, those infants who were exposed during the second and third trimester were almost a month behind in their ability to walk. Beyond this, other milestones (such as sitting without support) were found to be delayed in the children who were exposed.

This study has not been the first to raise the alarm in regards to these drugs. In fact, the FDA has been keeping a close eye on SSRIs over the past few years. In 2006, they released a warning entitled “Increased Risk of Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension” that stated that women who exposed their infants during pregnancy to SSRIs had a six-fold increased risk of their children having persistent pulmonary hypertension – possibly even a fatal case.

The Mayo Clinic has also noted the dangerous side effects that are correlated with antidepressants in an article entitled ” Antidepressants: Safe during pregnancy?” These can include birth defects that can affect anything from the brain and skull to the abdominal organs.

At the Onder Law Firm, they have recognized the dangers that are associated with pregnant women taking antidepressants. With all of the new information coming forward regarding the hazards, they strongly believe that pharmaceutical companies have been grossly negligent in the development, manufacturing and distribution of these products. They are therefore fully prepared to help victims in reviewing their case and determining whether or not they have a claim.

As established and proven personal injury lawyers, they encourage individuals and families alike to contact them as soon as possible if they have experienced something of this nature. This is a new area of the law but they are undeterred and stand ready to move forward in their efforts to help the possible victims protect their best interests.