The most common class of antidepressant drug is what is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI. One type of SSRI drug that is prescribed to both adults and teenagers over the age of 12 to treat anxiety and major depressive disorder is Lexapro. Manufactured by Forest Laboratories, Inc., Lexapro has been linked to birth defects when taken by pregnant women, as well as other health concerns. If you have taken Lexapro and you or a family member has suffered harm as a direct result, schedule a consultation with a pharmaceutical litigation attorney today.
Lexapro Linked to Birth Defects
While a medication guide for Lexapro provided by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not name birth defects as a risk of taking Lexapro, there are multiple lawsuits pending alleging that taking Lexapro can cause harm to a developing fetus. Specifically, taking Lexapro while pregnant has been linked to birth defects including:
- Heart defects;
- Cleft lip/palate;
- Limb defects;
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn;
- Spina bifida; and
- Neural tube defects.
Other Serious Risks of Lexapro
The risk of a baby being born with a birth defect is severe; however, there are other serious health risks associated with taking Lexapro as well. These include:
- Suicidal thoughts or actions;
- Serotonin syndrome;
- Abnormal bleeding;
- Seizures or convulsions;
- Manic episodes; and
- Changes in appetite/weight.
SSRIs, like Lexapro, may be especially dangerous when taken by young people.
Who Is Liable for Harm Caused by Lexapro?
If your baby has been born with a birth defect, or if you have experienced one of the serious side effects of Lexapro listed above, you may be entitled to compensation. All prescription drug manufactures have an obligation to manufacture a drug that is safe for patient use, and to disclose any known risks associated with taking the drug. When a manufacturer fails to do so, they may be held liable for any patient harm that results.
Contact a Defective Drug Attorney Today
You have the right to seek legal counsel if taking Lexapro has harmed you. The experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC can help you to understand how to file a lawsuit, what your options for recovery are, and what you will need to prove in order to recover damages. To learn more, reach out to us today by calling our offices now.