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What is Effexor?

Effexor is an antidepressant commonly used for the treatment of depression, anxiety and mood disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Effexor is a newer type of antidepressant known as an Serotonin-Norepinephrine uptake inhibitor (SNRI). Serotonin Norepinephrin reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's) are a class of antidepressants. Other SNRI's include Pristiq and Cymbalta. SNRIs act upon and increase the levels of two neurotransmitters in the brain that are known to play an important part in mood, these being serotonin and norepinephrine. This can be contrasted with the more widely-used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which only act on serotonin.

FDA Video: SSRI Birth Defects

Below is a video produced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which warns patients and physicians of serious, life-threatening birth defects linked to SSRI antidepressants. It is beleived that similar to SSRI's, SNRI's like Effexor may also cause birth defects.

Effexor Side Effects Lawsuit:

Research has not yet established a link specifically between Effexor and coronary birth defects (it would be a violation of medical ethics to perform studies on pregnant women), it is known that other antidepressants increase the risk of heart birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Paxil (paroxetine), which is an SSRI is known to cause heart birth defects in babies when taken during pregnancy. Although Effexor is an SNRI it is beleived the serotonin portion of the drug may be what's responsible for the birth defects.

Like with SSRIs, SNRI's may cause congenital malformations, including cardiac malformations. A study conducted at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, revealed that the risk of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects, including heart defects, was increased among women who had prescriptions for SSRIs filled in the 30 days before conception through the end of the first trimester, compared with those who had no SSRI prescriptions filled during the same period. SNRI's such as Effexor may exhibit the same risks if used during pregnancy.

Effexor Congenital Heart Defects

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned doctors and patients that exposure to SSRI’s such as Paxil and Zoloft during pregnancy pose a serious risk to the fetus and has been linked to an increased risk of Congenital Heart Defects. SSRI's may specifically cause Atrial Septal Defects or Ventricular Septal Defects. Although a clear link has not been established, Effexor as well as other SNRI's may also cause congenital heart defects when used during pregnancy.

Effexor Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)

Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a case-controlled study wherein SSRI’s were linked to an increased risk of an infant being born with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).

Shortly after the aforementioned study was released, the FDA issued another Public Health Advisory warning that exposure to SSRI's during pregnancy posed a serious risk to the fetus and was linked to an increased risk of PPHN. Although Effexor is and SNRI and not an SSRI it is beleived Effexor may exhibit the same side effects due to it's effect on Serotonin.

Effexor Abdominal & Cranial Birth Defects

According to information released from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants, antidepressants like Effexor may cause two separate congenital abnormalities called Omphalocele and Craniosynostosis.

Omphalocele is a congenital (present at birth) abdominal wall defect at the base of the umbilical cord (umbilicus); the infant is born with a sac protruding through the defect which contains small intestine, liver, and large intestine.

Craniosynostosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect that causes one or more sutures on a baby’s head to close earlier than normal. Sutures are connections that separate each individual skull bones. The early closing of a suture leads to an abnormally shaped head.

Effexor Pregnancy Risks

The federal Food and Drug Administration categorizes this anti-depressant prescription drug in the pregnancy Category C. This label means that it is possible animal studies have indicated fetal harm from maternal use of the drug, but human trials have not yet determined that the risks of using Effexor during pregnancy outweigh the drug's intended benefits.

Women who are taking SNRI antidepressants, including Effexor, and are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant should speak with their doctor about the risks associated with taking the SNRI while pregnant. Although there are risks associated with taking Effexor while pregnant, there may also be concerns about discontinuing medication. These risks should be balanced against the possible benefits of taking the medication

Effexor Birth Defects Lawsuit Information:

If you have taken Effexor and experienced serious Effexor side effects including Effexor birth defects such as Effexor Congenital Heart Defects, Effexor Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), Effexor Abdominal Birth Defects or Effexor Cranial Birth Defects call our Effexor side effects lawyer today to find out about an Effexor lawsuit. With offices in Washington D.C. and throughout Florida we are ready to help Effexor birth defects victims nationwide. Let our Effexor Birth Defects Attorneys evaluate your case for free today. Fill out our online case evaluation form on this page or call us toll free at: 1.800.856.6405 for your free, confidential case evaluation.

Under no circumstances should you discontinue taking any medication, including Effexor without first consulting with your doctor.


Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is currently handling cases for the following Effexor Side Effects:

Effexor Birth Defects

Effexor Congenital Heart Defects

Effexor Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)

Effexor Abdominal Birth Defects

Effexor Cranial Birth Defects

If you have experienced Effexor side effects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Effexor lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today for information regarding your potential Effexor lawsuit or for information about a possible Effexor class action lawsuit. Fill out our free case evaluation form and our on-staff nurse or one of our Attorneys will contact you regarding your potential Effexor case.
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