Zoloft Birth Defects

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If you or someone you love was born with birth defects or took Zoloft while pregnant, share what happened with our defective drug law firm immediately. You may be eligible to file a Zoloft lawsuit to pursue compensation for your injuries.

Pregnant women taking the antidepressant medication have a greater risk of their child suffering heart compilcations.

In addition to the harmful effects to your child’s heart. Zoloft led to an increased risk in newborns to suffer from a cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or other craniofacial defects.

Share what happened to you and get the latest information from our birth defect attorneys now. So, if you or someone you know has had a child who has suffered after prenatal Zoloft use, contact us immediately to get a free and confidential case review.

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Zoloft is a SSRI antidepressant medication sold by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Similar to Paxil, Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medication (SSRI) intended for use as an anti-depressant.

There has been a number of lawsuits alleging Zoloft birth defects since its release when ingested the drug while pregnant. Following a series of studies, Zoloft led to a number of dangerous side effects that the manufacturers failed to provide sufficient information to avoid usage during pregnancy.

Zoloft is especially dangerous to the children of pregnant women. There were links in Zoloft birth defects in several studies:

  • A 2005 Danish study that found infants are 60 percent more likely to develop heart problems if the mother took antidepressants like Zolof during pregnancy in the first trimester.
  • A 2006 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that found that infants born to mothers who took antidepressants after the 20th week of pregnancy were 6 times more likely to have PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension).
  • A 2007 study published in NEJM found SSRI pregnancy use led to a higher risk of the brain and skull defects anencephaly and craniosynostosis, and omphalocele — a birth defect in which the infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the belly button.
  • A 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal found that using more than one type of antidepressant during the first trimester resulted in a four-fold increased risk of septal heart defects.

The Zoloft studies point to a strong link between the antidepressant and an increased risk of heart defects when taken during the mother’s pregnancy during the first trimester. This harmful side effect of taking Zoloft is especially insidious as the first trimester is often the period where a mother may not yet be aware that she is pregnant.

Ongoing claims are under review by the leading Zoloft attorneys. Studies on the medication explore further complications that arise from taking the drug.

Potential Zoloft birth defects include:

  • Omphalocele
  • Spina Bifida
  • Limb Defects
  • Club Foot
  • Cleft Mitral Valve
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Ventrical Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Tetralology of the Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus


Above all, congenital birth defects can require multiple surgeries and other expensive medical care that places a financial burden on the child’s family. Many parents have successfully sued drug manufacturers for failing to warn about these risks. These SNRI and SSRI birth defect lawsuit settlements have provided compensation for medical expenses and other damages resulting from these drug companies’ negligence.

If you took Zoloft while pregnant and your child had a birth defect, you may have a legal claim.

It is important to act quickly when filing a Zoloft compensation lawsuit. Regulations limit the amount of time suffers of side effects have to report a claim and pursue your legal rights.