Lexapro Lawsuit Lawyers in Corpus Christi
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Lexapro is one of a number of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
that, when taken by pregnant women, have been proven to increase the chances
of birth injury or defect. A highly useful and popular antidepressant,
Lexapro is commonly used for treating symptoms not only of depression
but also anxiety and nervous disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), eating disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, among others.
By balancing the chemicals in the brain, SSRIs like Lexapro can improve
the lives of people who live with these disorders and allow them to function
normally. Before going to market, Lexapro was tested by the US Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) and deemed safe for human consumption. However,
because testing did show that it could be harmful to animals, the FDA
graded Lexapro as a class C drug available only through a prescription
from a doctor.
Because there was no way to ethically test Lexapro and other SSRIs on infants
or fetuses, there was initially no way to tell that it could cause of
Lexapro birth injury or defects. For years, doctors prescribed Lexapro
to pregnant women with no reason to be concerned about the health of their
babies. However, after numerous incidents of Lexapro birth injuries and
more recent studies, it has been determined that Lexapro and other SSRIs
are key factors in increasing the risk of birth injury or defect.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 for
a free consultation with our Corpus Christi drug injury lawyers if your
child was born with injuries or defects after you were prescribed Lexapro
How Does Lexapro Affect Newborn Babies?
The most serious birth injury or defect associated with Lexapro use during
pregnancy is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
According to the FDA, this condition occurs when a baby’s heart
and lungs have not developed fully and the baby cannot immediately adapt
to breathing on its own outside of the womb. This can result in the need
for medical intervention to maintain the baby’s oxygen levels and
may be fatal in some cases.
Other Lexapro birth injuries and defects include cleft palate or lip and
anencephaly. In the former, reconstructive surgery will most likely be
necessary for the baby to eat and drink properly and to live a normal
life. In the latter, problems with the neural tube will cause the baby
to be born without parts of the brain and/or skull. Anencephaly is incredibly
dangerous and fatal in most cases.
The Decision to Prescribe Lexapro to Pregnant Women
While the resulting injuries and defects are frightening, the chances of
Lexapro birth injury or defect are still reasonably low for most women
taking the antidepressant during pregnancy. As a result, many doctors
have chosen to continue treating depression in order to avoid dangerous
relapses that could result in self-harm or harm to the baby.
Who Is Liable?
While many doctors will argue that the chances of harming an unborn baby
due to problems with depression are higher than those of the baby being
hurt by Lexapro use, it is still your doctor’s responsibility to
inform you of all of the risks associated with any medication he or she
prescribes for you. If you’re doctor prescribed Lexapro without
warning you and your baby suffers birth injury or defects, you may have
a Lexapro birth injury case against your doctor.
Likewise, the pharmaceutical company that produces Lexapro is also responsible
for warning doctors and patients about any potentially harmful side effects
of the drug. Because it is now well-known that Lexapro can cause these
birth injuries and defects, if a pharmaceutical company fails to place
sufficient warnings on their product, they should be held responsible
for damages incurred by taking that product during pregnancy.
If you believe that you have a Lexapro birth injury case, call Bandas Law
Firm, P.C. today at (361) 238-2789 or fill out our online contact form
today for a free consultation with our Corpus Christi Lexapro lawsuit lawyers.