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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?

All prescription drug manufacturers 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.