St. Louis Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyers

Lexapro dangerous medication.The St. Louis Lexapro birth defect lawyers at our firm are currently interviewing families affected by Lexapro birth defects.  Recent studies have linked SSRI antidepressants such as Lexapro to serious birth defects such as atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects.  These are both types of holes in the heart and can lead to serious and even deadly consequences.

If you were unaware of the risk of Lexapro birth defects and gave birth to a baby with a heart defect after taking Lexapro during pregnancy, our St. Louis Lexapro birth defect lawyers would like to hear your story.  We may be able to help you recover significant compensation for your damages in a Lexapro birth defect dangerous drug lawsuit. 

Contact our pharmaceutical product liability law firm to discuss your case with Lexapro birth defect lawyers at our St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois office.  We offer:

  • Free claim evaluations by a local Lexapro birth defect lawyer
  • Home and hospital visits anywhere in Missouri or Illinois
  • No fee unless we win your case


Lexapro Heart Birth Defects

In July 2006, the FDA issued a Lexapro birth defect warning linking serious birth defects to Lexapro and other SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants.  Studies have shown that Lexapro and other antidepressants taken during pregnancy are at least twice as likely to result in babies born with severe congenital heart birth defects.  Mothers who take Lexapro during pregnancy are more than twice as likely to give birth to babies with atrial septal defects (ASD) or ventricular septal defects (VSD).

Lexapro Atrial Septal Defects

When a baby is born with an opening or hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart, he or she is said to have an atrial septal defect (ASD).  As a result of ASD, oxygenated blood from the left atrium mixes with oxygen-poor blood in the right atrium and this increases the amount of blood that flows towards the lungs.  This creates more work for the right side of the heart and can cause permanent damage or even death.

In some cases, a minor atrial septal defect may close itself during the child’s early years.  In other cases, however, surgical intervention may be needed to mend an atrial septal defect.

Lexapro Ventricular Septal Defects

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall, or septum, that separates the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.  In some cases, this hole can be small and will naturally mend itself as the child grows.  In other cases, the hole does not close and can cause excess blood to be pumped into the lungs, leading to possible heart failure.  Other possible life-threatening side effects of VSD include:

  • Bacterial infections of the heart
  • Leaking heart valves
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Delayed growth
  • Delayed development
  • Pulmonary hypertension

When a baby has a severe ventricular heart defect, he or she may need surgery and special medications like digitalis or diuretics to remedy the issue.


PPHN, Omphalocele, and other Lexapro Birth Defects

In addition to congenital cardiac birth defects, Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants can also cause PPNH and a host of other birth defects.  PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns) is a serious birth defect that happens when the blood vessels in a baby’s lungs fail to properly expand after birth.  This can lead to:

  • Shock
  • Heart failure
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Organ damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Death

Omphalocele is another tragically common Lexapro birth defect.  This is a congenital birth defect where the infant’s abdominal organs protrude outside the body through an opening in the baby’s navel area.  This leaves the intestines and other organs protected by only a thin layer of tissue, and the organs are clearly visible outside the abdominal wall.  Omphalocele is a result of an infant’s abdominal muscles failing to close properly during development and can be mended with immediate surgery in most cases.

In addition to PPHN and omphalocele, babies born to mothers who took Lexapro during pregnancy may be subject to birth defects and developmental issues such as:

  • Anal Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Club Foot
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Mitral Valve
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close


Contact a St. Louis Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyer

If you believe you may have a Lexapro birth defect claim in the St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois area, our dangerous drug lawyers are ready to hear your story in a free legal consultation.  You may be entitled to collect compensation that can help you deal with the medical and therapeutic costs associated with having a baby with a heart defect.  Call our St. Louis Lexapro birth defect lawsuit team to learn more about your legal rights.