Lexapro Side Effects


Our law firm is dedicated to helping people whose babies were born with birth defects after taking Lexapro (known generically as escitalopram) during pregnancy. Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., in St. Louis, Missouri, offers patients information, practical advice and legal representation in connection with Lexapro side effects.

Lexapro has been a popular medication for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorder. Physical side effects for some patients have included nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth and flu-like symptoms. It is also one of a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that has also been associated with heightened risk of suicide. The manufacturer warns patients to stop taking the drug if they experience hallucinations, excitement or confusion.

In addition to these potential side effects, Lexapro users are warned not to take the drug during pregnancy. According to PubMed.gov, published by the U.S. National Libraries of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, the drug “appears to increase the risk for low birth weight [and] higher rates of spontaneous abortions.” Many unsuspecting mothers used Lexapro during pregnancy thinking it was safe, only to give birth to a child with a heart defect, cleft lip or other serious congenital defect.

If you suspect that your child’s birth defect or a miscarriage might have been triggered by Lexapro, discuss your case with one of our St. Louis attorneys litigating Lexapro side effects. Lawsuits versus drug manufacturers and negligent health care providers have provided financial relief to some children and their parents when Lexapro side effects caused harm during pregnancy.

Missouri Escitalopram Litigation Lawyers · Side Effects, Birth Defects

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