Your doctor may have prescribed an SSRI – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor – antidepressant medication for you. However, if you were taking an SSRI, including Lexapro® (generic escitalopram), while you were pregnant, your child may have been affected by a Lexapro® birth defect.
Lexapro® Exposure and Birth Defects
- Heart and lung defects
- Club foot
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Spina bifida
Antidepressants and Pregnancy
Parents expecting the birth of a child are understandably excited, and generally filled with hope and imagining the life their child will lead. But if your newborn was born with one, or more, antidepressant birth defects, that excitement may be mixed with anxiety: How will this affect 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?
Approximately 4 to 5 percent of birth defects can be linked to harmful medications or substances known as teratogens. Teratogens can be found in prescription medications, street drugs, or over the counter medications. These medication birth defects have consequences throughout the life of the child and often require expensive medical treatment and care.
Do you believe your child’s birth defect could be a result of exposure to Lexapro®? If so, you may want to consider a Lexapro® lawsuit.