If you took Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy and your child was diagnosed with PPHN or if your child had breathing-related difficulties at birth and is now experiencing developmental delays, please contact one of our Zoloft attorneys right away. Our Zoloft lawyers may be able to shed light on the benefits of a Zoloft lawsuit, even if your child was not specifically diagnosed with PPHN.*
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Zoloft lawsuits began due to inadequate warnings from pharmaceutical manufacturers to expectant mothers and medical professionals regarding Zoloft and other brand name antidepressants, generally called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and their link with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN).
WHAT IS ZOLOFT?
Zoloft (sertraline) is the brand name of an oral antidepressant medication. It belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs. Zoloft and other SSRIs work to balance the chemicals in the brain that affect mood.1
SSRIs are sold under these brand names:
ZOLOFT SIDE EFFECTS
One of the dangerous Zoloft side effects is its link to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN). PPHN has been more likely to occur in a newborn whose birth mother took Zoloft (or other SSRIs) in her first trimester. This link between Zoloft and PPHN has resulted in an increased demand for Zoloft attorneys and Zoloft lawsuits.
According to the February 9, 2006 report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN) is a serious condition that occurs when “pulmonary arterial pressure remains high after birth and poorly oxygenated blood continues to be shunted to the systemic circulation.”2 The result is a lack of oxygen to the brain of the newborn. In some cases, death has occurred. The damage of PPHN due to Zoloft has led to Zoloft lawsuits because the problem could have been prevented if doctors and their patients had adequate warnings about the dangers.
PPHN can be treated to alleviate the immediate symptoms. Babies treated for PPHN appeared normal after treatment. Unfortunately, every second their organs lacked oxygen could have caused serious damage that may not show up right away, and many children who had PPHN-related symptoms at birth may have developmental delays that may not show up until much later.
The FDA now prints an important warning regarding SSRIs, which includes the drug under the brand name Zoloft. This FDA warning states that exposure to SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to respiratory complications, including Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).3
* Please note that recovery results vary per client. The recovery amounts in each case reflect the specific facts of that case. Further, recovery amounts in past cases are not a guarantee of future results.
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