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What is Prozac?

Prozac is an antidepressant commonly used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Prozac is a newer type of antidepressant known as an selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor (SSRI). Selective serotonin re uptake inhibitors (SSRI's) are a class of antidepressants. Included in the SSRI class of antidepressants are also Paxil and Zoloft. They act within the brain to increase the amount of the neurotransmitter, serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT), in the synaptic gap by inhibiting its re-uptake. SSRI's are frequently prescribed for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. Though not specifically indicated by the manufacturers, they are also sometimes prescribed to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

FDA Video: SSRI Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration recently alerted health care professionals and patients about early results of new studies for Prozac suggesting that the drug increases the risk for birth defects, particularly heart defects, when women take it during the first three months of pregnancy. 

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.

Prozac Side Effects Lawsuit:

Research has not yet established a link specifically between Prozac 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 in the same group of SSRIs as Prozac, is known to cause heart birth defects in babies when taken during pregnancy.

What is also known is that there is a link between other SSRIs and 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.

Prozac Congenital Heart Defects

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned doctors and patients that exposure to SSRI’s such as Prozac during pregnancy pose a serious risk to the fetus and has been linked to an increased risk of Congenital Heart Defects. Prozac may specifically cause Atrial Septal Defects or Ventricular Septal Defects.

Prozac Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)

Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a case-controlled study wherein SSRI’s including Prozac 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 Prozac during pregnancy posed a serious risk to the fetus and was linked to an increased risk of PPHN.

Prozac Abdominal & Cranial Birth Defects

According to information released from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants, SSRI antidepressants like Prozac 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.

Prozac 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 Prozac during pregnancy outweigh the drug's intended benefits.

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

Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit Information:

If you have taken Prozac and experienced serious Prozac side effects including Prozac birth defects such as Prozac Congenital Heart Defects, Prozac Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), Prozac Abdominal Birth Defects or Prozac Cranial Birth Defects call our Prozac side effects lawyer today to find out about an Prozac lawsuit. With offices in Washington D.C. and throughout Florida we are ready to help Prozac birth defects victims nationwide. Let our Prozac 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 Prozac without first consulting with your doctor.



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

Prozac Birth Defects

Prozac Congenital Heart Defects

Prozac Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)

Prozac Abdominal Birth Defects

Prozac Cranial Birth Defects

If you have experienced Prozac side effects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Prozac lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today for information regarding your potential Prozac lawsuit or for information about a possible Prozac 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 Prozac case.
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