Lexapro (escitalopram) is used by millions of Americans to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder, yet studies show fetuses are at a greater risk of developing birth defects if their mother takes this drug. An alert was released by the FDA regarding a study suggesting that exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) while pregnant increases these risks, causing Lexapro (sold by Forest Laboratories) to revise their label. If you know an infant suffering from birth defects after the mother took Lexapro during pregnancy, the lawyers at Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP are here to help you explore your legal options .
Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with a knowledgeable New York pharmaceutical litigation law firm.
Lexapro Causing Birth Defects
At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP, we have been helping people from New York and across the nation with their most critical legal problems for over 30 years. We are handling a wide range of drug liability claims, including those involving the prescription drugs which are implicated with birth defects.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2006 that found a six fold increase risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in infants born to mothers who took an antidepressant in the last trimester of their pregnancy. Other birth abnormalities linked to taking this drug include:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns
- Atrial septal defect
- Ventral septal defect
- Omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall)
- Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones)
- Anal atresia (partial or complete closure of the anus)
- Limb defects, such as club foot
- Neural tube defects
Our attorneys will work with you personally to determine the extent of the monetary damage this drug has caused you, and what legal remedies are at your disposal. Our goal is to help you obtain monetary compensation for the financial hardships you face.
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Has someone close to you been harmed by Lexapro? Please contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with an experienced New York dangerous drug liability law firm. Our law office is conveniently located in a brownstone in Midtown Manhattan located at 113 East 37th Street.