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Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyers

If you have taken or are currently taking the antidepressant Lexapro while you are pregnant then you probably have a number of concerns. Whether you have been informed of the risks of taking Lexapro while pregnant – either after or during your pregnancy – or if you have noticed any health issues in your baby then there are a number of steps you can take.

If you feel you were misinformed about the risks of taking Lexapro then there is an avenue you can pursue. The Lexapro birth defect lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. are experienced in representing clients in medical malpractice cases and those relating to antidepressant drugs in particular.

To help you out with a bit of information about Lexapro and what you should be looking out for we have prepared the following facts:

Side effects on newborn babies have been reported with Lexapro

As you are probably already aware, Lexapro is an antidepressant that is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. It is FDA-approved and is generally prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists to help the body absorb increased levels of serotonin and regulate the person’s mood.

However, birth defects have been reported as arising in newborn babies when the antidepressant is used while women are pregnant. There are reports that some babies of mothers who were taking Lexapro in their third trimester have had:

  • problems feeding
  • difficulty breathing
  • seizures
  • extensive vomiting
  • unstable body temperature
  • low blood sugar
  • constant crying
  • jitteriness
  • weak muscles creating floppy arms and legs
  • Hypertonia which creates stiff arms and legs
  • Hyperreflexia

These babies have had to spend extra time in the hospital after being born so that their conditions can be monitored.

Studies on Lexapro are inconclusive

The studies on whether Lexapro is safe to use during pregnancy are still continuing and as of now they have been inconclusive. However, if you have not been warned of the potential dangers of using Lexapro while you are pregnant, then you should contact one of our Lexapro birth defect lawyers today.

While these studies are inconclusive, there have been studies that show that Lexapro appears to stay in the breast milk of women who took the antidepressant while they were pregnant. The effects on babies breastfeeding from mothers who were taking the drug include weight loss, sleepiness and problems feeding.

If you have not been thoroughly informed about the potential risks then you need to talk to a Lexapro birth defect lawyer. The team at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. can advise what your next course of action should be if you have noticed side effects in your baby and were not warned of all the possible side effects. The same applies if you are currently pregnant and were not warned, particularly if you have reached your third trimester.

Studies show link between Lexapro and IPPH

There have been studies conducted that have shown a link between pregnant women taking Lexapro and a condition that affects newborn babies called Infant Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (IPPH). This condition alters blood flow through the heart and lungs which stops babies from getting enough oxygen through their veins. IPPH can be fatal if it gets serious enough. These studies have shown that once a woman who is taking Lexapro is in her third trimester, chances of the baby developing this condition are 6 times higher.

If you have not been informed of these statistics, then you must contact a Lexapro birth defect lawyer. It is possible that you have been left in the dark by your doctor and so you must seek advice from the legal experts.

Find out how you can get in contact with the Lexapro birth defect lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. here.

Categories: Medical Malpractice

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