RISKS OF PROZAC DURING PREGNANCY
The drug Prozac, like other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications, is most often prescribed to patients to treat depression and related disorders. Specifically, MedicineNet.com explains that Prozac may be indicated to treat “depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Manufacturers of drugs such as Prozac have a duty to warn consumers of known risk factors. The FDA requires warnings of the most serious potential side effects to be posted in black boxes on containers such as bottles and boxes containing prescription drugs like Prozac. Unfortunately, a number of patients took Prozac during early pregnancy without receiving proper warning of the potential harm to their fetuses with exposure to the drug in the early trimesters. We now know that use of Prozac during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with:
- Congenital heart defects
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN), a potentially fatal lung defect
- Skull defects
- Intestinal defects
Was your child affected by such abnormalities after you took Prozac during pregnancy? Did the manufacturer and pharmacist fail to warn you of these potential risks to the unborn? You may not have realized you were pregnant yet during the first trimester, but you should have been warned of potential harm in case you were pregnant. Were you given a clear opportunity to consider these serious dangers to a fetus during early pregnancy before taking the drug?
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Please contact a trial lawyer at the St. Louis pharmaceutical litigation law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard for more information about claims against manufacturers who failed to warn the public of known risks of Prozac for pregnant women. Se habla español.