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I know taking antidepressants during pregnancy can be risky, but I really need my medication for depression. What should I do?

The first thing you should do is to consult your health provider. Only he or she can help you make the right decision. The decision you make should be informed and based on the best medical advice you can get. As pharmaceutical class action lawyers in Milwaukee, we strongly urge you to consult your doctor right away if you are not yet pregnant.

Meanwhile, here is some general information for you to consider. Simply stopping your antidepressant can cause a relapse of your depression. You may experience nausea, chills, fatigue, anxiety and irritability. On the other hand, continuing to take an antidepressant can cause side effects that affect your unborn child. 

Generally speaking, some antidepressants have been found to be riskier than others. For instance, paroxetine (Paxil) has been linked with heart defects, especially if you take it during the first trimester. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are also under suspicion of slowing or limiting growth of the fetus and causing high blood pressure in the mother.

A May 2012 Ohio lawsuit alleges that a boy was harmed by his mother’s prescription use of Zoloft during her pregnancy. The boy’s parents describe a birth defect in their son’s heart and subsequent bypass surgeries they maintain was caused by Zoloft, one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants on the market. In addition, they claim that Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, continues to leave any warnings to pregnant mothers out of their labeling.  

If you or someone you love suspects or knows that a child has been harmed by the prescription of antidepressants during pregnancy, do not delay in contacting an attorney who handles this type of case. At Hupy and Abraham, we represent victims of the pharmaceutical industry’s mistakes. Call us toll free today at 800-800-5678.