Study Links Antidepressants In Pregnancy To Childhood Obesity, Diabetes Risk
3 July 2014No Comments
Yet another study has established a connection between antidepressant use in pregnancy and potential health risks for exposed children, including an increased risk of childhood diabetes and weight gain. Researchers from McMaster University in Canada presented their findings at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and The Endocrine Society on June 22, and indicated that there appears to be a link between the use of the antidepressant Prozac in pregnancy and diabetes and obesity in children exposed to the drug in utero. If your child has suffered from a serious medical problem you believe to be related to antidepressant use in pregnancy, consult our drug injury lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help.
Potential Side Effects of Antidepressant Drugs
In their study, the researchers used an animal model to determine that Prozac use during pregnancy increased fat and liver inflammation in offspring, and concluded that these findings were likely consistent with the entire class of antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs are some of the most widely-used medications in the United States, commonly prescribed by physicians to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders. However, antidepressant drugs like Paxil and Zoloft have come under fire in recent years for their potential link to serious birth defects and other problems among children exposed to the drugs in pregnancy.
Risks of Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy
Research shows that approximately 20% of women in the United States are prescribed an antidepressant drug while pregnant, despite the fact that many popular antidepressants have been linked to a risk of devastating birth defects in babies, such as neural tube defects, heart defects, skeletal malformations, spina bifida and a potentially life-threatening respiratory defect known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Mounting research has also identified antidepressant use in pregnancy as a potential risk factor for seizure disorders and developmental delay in exposed babies.
Our Experienced Drug Injury Lawyers Can Help
In light of these findings, a growing number of birth defect lawsuits have been filed against the makers of antidepressant drugs like Paxil and Zoloft, alleging that the manufacturing companies failed to adequately research the risks associated with antidepressant use in pregnancy, or provide consumers and the medical community with proper warnings about the risks of becoming pregnant while taking an antidepressant drug. If you took an antidepressant drug like Paxil during pregnancy, and your child has been diagnosed with a birth defect or another serious side effect, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.