Antidepressants and Birth Defects

Birth defects can be caused by antidepressants prescribed during pregnancy.

Learn more about birth defects and the antidepressants that can cause them


Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. When taken during pregnancy, especially during the mother's first trimester, these antidepressant drugs may have an impact on the formation of the baby. Medication birth defects may be the result.

Approximately 4 to 5 percent of birth defects can be linked to harmful substances known as teratogens. Teratogens can be found just about anywhere – in prescription medications, street drugs – or even over the counter medications.

Medications That Cause Birth Defects

Giving birth to a child with a birth defect often makes parents wonder, “How did this happen? Why did it happen to my child?” In most cases, the answer is something outside of their control - perhaps genetics, or an illness or infection the mother had during pregnancy. However, if you were prescribed an SSRI – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor – while you were pregnant, your child may have been affected by a medication birth defect.

See a list of antidepressant medications that cause birth defects. 

Common Birth Defects Caused By Medication

Parents expecting the birth of a child are understandably excited, and generally filled with dreams and optimism. But if your newborn child is born with a birth defect, your excitement may be mixed with anxiety: What will this mean for my child’s future? How can I make sure my child’s life is as normal and fulfilling as possible? Where will I get the money to pay for the special care my child will need?

Learn more about birth defects from medication.

Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuit

If you believe your child’s medication birth defect may have been caused by an antidepressant you were taking, call our office today about filing an antidepressant birth defect lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation – money that could help pay for your child’s special needs. Our antidepressant birth defect lawyers want to help you help your child.