Clubfoot: an adverse effect of Zoloft
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Williams Hart
Zoloft, a popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, has been linked to several birth defects among babies exposed to in utero. This is because Zoloft contains anti-folate properties, which halts the proper absorption of folic acid in pregnant mothers, which increases the risk of congenital malformations, including clubfoot.
In the U.S., clubfoot is considered one of the most common malformations upon birth, occurring in approximately 1 of 1,000 live births. Babies with clubfoot usually have a heel or a foot that is unusually small. The affected foot may also point downward or inward, and may also have an abnormal shape.
Shortly after birth, infants with clubfoot should be treated using a foot cast or brace. Untreated clubfoot may cause babies to suffer from further complications in the future such as decreased mobility and foot sores.
If taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to develop clubfoot or other birth defects, don’t hesitate to seek legal assistance from our lawyers at Williams Hart. We have years of experience helping families dealing with such problems fight for justice and compensation. Call us now at (713) 352-7071 to discuss what we can possibly do for you.