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Neonates exposed to Effexor, other SNRIs, or SSRIs, late in the third trimester have developed complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, tube feeding, and Effexor infant death.
These problems are consistent with either a direct toxic effect of SSRIs and, or, possibly, a drug discontinuation syndrome.
If Effexor is used until or shortly before birth, discontinuation effects in the newborn should be considered. According to the results of a retrospective cohort study, discontinuation effects typically appear during the first day of life and can last up to five days after birth.
Data reported on 150 women exposed to Effexor during pregnancy revealed 125 had live births, 18 had spontaneous abortions, and seven had therapeutic abortions. Two of the babies had major malformations.
These complications can arise immediately upon delivery. Do not breast feed while taking Effexor.
Effexor complications include respiratory distress, cyanosis (turning blue because of lack of oxygen), apnea (breathing stopped or greatly reduced), seizures, temperature instability, feeding difficulty, vomiting, hypoglycemia, hypotonia (severely decreased muscle tone), hypertonia (excessive degree of muscle tone), hyperreflexia (overactive reflexes), tremor, jitteriness, irritability, and constant crying.
Doctors prescribing Effexor for pregnant women during their third trimester should carefully weigh the potential benefits of treatment against the risks and complications.
A study released in May 2010 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests use of Effexor doubles the risk of miscarriage.
Has there been an Effexor infant death in your family? If yes, please contact Monheit Law to find out what your legal options are regarding compensation for pain and suffering.