Zoloft (Sertraline) Birth Defects

Zoloft and Birth Defects / The Maher Law Firm / Frank Eidson Attorney At LawZoloft & Birth Defects—You Have Legal Recourse

Zoloft, the widely prescribed antidepressant manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., is one of several prescriptions know as “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors” or SSRIs.
Scientific studies have shown that these antidepressants greatly increase the risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by Zoloft, we can help.


It can be confusing…. As recent as 2007 newspapers like The New York Times & The Boston Globe ran stories announcing the safety of antidepressants for pregnant women. In reality, the risks of some birth defects are doubled when using SSRI during pregnancy. In fact, Zoloft has been labeled a “class C” drug by the FDA, meaning it can harm an unborn fetus.
Families and babies across the United States who have experienced pain, stress, suffering and grief because of the Zoloft may be entitled to compensation under the law.

Documented Birth Defects with Zoloft

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration warns that taking Zoloft or other SSRI during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Some common birth defects associated with Zoloft:

  • Congenital Heart Defects—such as septal defect or holes in the wall (septum) of the heart.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)— when a newborn’s circulation system does not adapt to breathing outside the womb.
  • Cranial birth defects or Craniosynostosis– a pediatric skull deformity that causes problems with normal brain and skull growth and typically requires surgery.
  • Limb reduction–part or all of the arm and/or leg of a fetus does not develop and causes infants born with undersized or missing limbs.
  • Behavioral disorders

Studies have shown that fetuses are at greatest risk of being affected by Zoloft during the first trimester. In some cases, women were taking Zoloft before they knew they were pregnant, and their child was born with health problems. Proper and complete warnings and information should have been provided.
If you or a loved one has taken Zoloft and given birth to a child with a birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation.

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