In 2009, GlaxoSmithKline was ordered by a jury to pay $2.5 million to a woman whose son was born with serious heart defects after she took the antidepressant Paxil during her pregnancy. Paxil is a serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs type of antidepressant like Zoloft. Since then, more families have come forward and more lawsuits have been files.
Currently Zoloft is classified as Category C medication by the FDA—which means that studies have indicated an elevated risk to a fetus and should only be used if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. The research was done on animals, as it’s difficult to test and study effects on pregnant humans.
It’s estimated that 1 in five pregnant women experience symptoms of depression.
If you or a loved one have taken Zoloft while pregnant, then please contact us today.