Lexapro (generic: escitalopram) is a popular antidepressant medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). Lexapro helps to balance chemicals in the brain which can aid in the treatment of anxiety and major depressive disorders in adults. However, Lexapro side effects may be associated with severe, life-threatening congenital birth defects.
Do I Have a Lexapro Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one have given birth to a child with a birth defect after taking Lexapro during pregnancy, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lexapro lawsuit.
Pregnant women taking Lexapro to treat symptoms of severe depression may increase the risk of their child developing a potentially fatal congenital birth defect. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the link between Lexapro and congenital birth defects to be strong enough to issue a stern warning to the public in July 2006. The FDA claimed that the side effects of Lexapro may be linked to an increased risk of birth defects in children born to mothers who took the medication while pregnant.
Lexapro Class Action Lawsuit Information
Forest Laboratories is facing many lawsuits alleging that the company failed to warn pregnant women about the risk of birth defects if they use Lexapro. These lawsuits are not part of a Lexapro class action — they are individual lawsuits that have been filed in Missouri, where Forest Laboratories has facilities. In addition, hundreds of lawsuits involving birth defects have been filed federal court against other manufacturers of SSRIs.
Birth Defects Linked to Lexapro
The following birth defects have been linked to infants whose mothers took Lexapro while pregnant:
- Atrial Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defect
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tetralogy of the Fallot
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
Do I Have a Lexapro Lawsuit?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. Again, if you or a loved one have given birth to a child with a birth defect after taking Lexapro during pregnancy, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lexapro lawsuit.
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