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Pity the poor woman who wants to quit smoking while she’s trying to get pregnant or during her pregnancy.
She may have been prescribed Zyban which is also known as Wellbutrin or generically as bupropion.
According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, women who used Zyban/Wellbutrin/bupropion during the first trimester of pregnancy have an increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect.
Zyban is a pregnancy Category C medication meaning they are more likely to have some complications for mother or fetus, and/or, there isn't enough research to draw conclusions about their safety.
These Category C medications come with the warning to be used only if the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks. Most prescription medications are classified in Category C.
The types of birth defects and heart defects linked to Zyban include:
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Ventrical septal defect (VSD)
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Heart ventricle outflow track defects
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Other heart defects or lung defects
If you used Zyban stop smoking aid one month prior to getting pregnant or during the first three months of pregnancy and your baby has a heart defect, please contact the Monheit law firm to find out if you qualify for a Zyban lawsuit to help pay your medical expenses and be compensated for the pain and suffering of your baby.