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Zoloft may be linked to the following birth defects:
- Heart defects
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Neural tube defects like spina bifida
- PPHN - Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
- Limb defects
- Skull defects - craniosynostosis
Zoloft is in the Pregnancy Category C: Studies were conducted on animals like rats. But how does that related to you, to women, to their unborn babies? Fortunately, studies are not ethically allowed to be performed on pregnant women.
Like other antidepressants, Zoloft should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
In a retrospective case-control study of 377 women whose infants were born with PPHN and 836 women whose infants were born healthy, the risk for developing PPHN was approximately six-fold higher for infants exposed to SSRIs after the 20th week of gestation compared to infants who had not been exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy.
Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding should not take Zoloft or any antidepressant without consulting their doctor and weighing the risks.
Babies exposed to Zoloft and other SSRIs during the third trimester have developed complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding. These findings are based on post-marketing reports.
If you took Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a baby with a serious congenital birth defect, ask Monheit Law if you are entitled to compensation.