An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect in which there is an opening between two chambers of the heart. If untreated, it can cause lung damage. SSRIs, antidepressants, Depakote, Depakene, pain medication, and other medications taken during pregnancy have been linked to several serious, life-threatening birth defects of the heart, including Atrial Septal Defect.

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What drugs have been linked to Atrial Septal Defect?

SSRIs and Antidepressants

Anti-Seizure Medications – These medications are often prescribed to prevent seizures, manic-depressive disorders, migraines, and other off-label uses (usually psychiatric conditions). These medications include:

  • Depacon
  • Depakene
  • Depakote
  • Depakote CP
  • Depakote ER
  • Stavzor

Pain Medication / Cough Medicine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have published a new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology regarding maternal use of opioids and an increased risk of congenital heart defects, such as Atrial Septal Defects. Opioid analgesics are drugs used to treat pain. Low doses are also found in some cough medicines. These medications include:

  • Oxycontin
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Some Cough Medication

Asthma Medications

A CDC study found that mothers who take asthma medications (known as bronchodilators) had an increased risk of having babies born with cardiac malformations, such as Atrial Septal Defect.

Atrial Septal Defect Overview

An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is essentially a hole in the heart. It is an opening in the atrial septum, the wall of tissue that separates two chambers of the heart. ASD is a congenital heart defect, which means that it is present at birth. Usually, it is a mild defect, but severe cases may require surgical repair.

ASD is concerning because, if left untreated, it may cause lung damage. Because there is an opening in the heart, too much blood flows into the right side of the heart, and is then pumped into the lungs. The blood vessels in the lungs undergo high blood pressure, which over time, can become diseased and damaged.

Signs & Symptoms of Arial Septal Defect

Most children who have an ASD do not have any signs. A physician performing a physical examination will listen to the child’s heart and lungs, and may hear a “murmur” that will aid in diagnosis. Chest X-rays or an echocardiogram can also help a physician diagnose ASD.

Moderate to severe cases of ASD will have notable symptoms. Symptoms may include:

  • Child tires easily while playing
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Poor growth

Treatment & Prognosis

Most children with an Atrial Septal Defect have no symptoms, and require no medications. An ASD may also close on its own as the child grows older, and if it is diagnosed early, a cardiologist will probably recommend that the child be evaluated as he/she grows older. If the ASD has not closed on its own by the time the child starts school, an operation may be required to close the opening.

The least invasive procedure for closing an ASD involves making an incision in the groin, and then inserting a catheter up into the heart with a device for closing the ASD in the heart.

People who are born with ASD are at a higher risk of developing the following serious complications:

  • Atrial fibrillation (in adults)
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary overcirculation
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Stroke

Do I Have an Atrial Septal Defect Lawsuit?

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