Antidepressants Can Have Devastating Effects on Unborn Children

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2017

A class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is designed to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. SSRIs are prescribed to a wide range of patients from all age groups and medical backgrounds.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on Dec. 14, 2011, that when taken by pregnant women, SSRIs may put unborn babies at risk of developing a rare heart and lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

PPHN is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that causes complications and symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems, including rapid or slow breathing
  • Skin that’s blue in color and cold to the touch
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels

Babies who are affected by PPHN can take weeks or even months to recover, and in severe cases, the condition can even be fatal. The Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it is for mothers and families when babies are born with serious health problems, and we want to help them get compensation.

Get in touch with our legal team today for a free consultation.