The popular antidepressant medication known as Zoloft (generic: sertraline) was developed to treat the symptoms of major depressive disorders. Unfortunately, mounting evidence suggests that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women may increase the risk of their child developing a congenital birth defect.
While Zoloft is intended to treat chronic bouts of major depressive disorder, it may also be linked to an increased risk in congenital birth defects. In July 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the birth defect risks caused by using antidepressants during pregnancy. Zoloft side effects have been linked to an increased risk of congenital birth defects in children born to mothers who took the medication during pregnancy.