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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.

How does Zoloft work?

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Williams Hart   

Zoloft is a popularly-prescribed antidepressant that belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRIs such as Zoloft are known to affect a chemical in the brain called serotonin – a neurotransmitter that affects certain human behaviors such as aggression and mood.

Since serotonin is a neurotransmitter, it is designed to be absorbed back into the transmitting neuron after it transfers information between different areas of the brain. This process is called ‘reuptake.’ An SSRI inhibits serotonin reuptake, which in turn increases the effects of serotonin in the brain.

Unfortunately, Zoloft is also a known anti-folate; it inhibits proper formation and absorption of folic acid in the body, which is crucial in lowering the risk of birth defects, such as neural tube defects and heart malformation.

If taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to suffer from any birth defect, you should consider exploring your options for pursuing justice and financial compensation from its maker. Our lawyers from Williams Hart know what it takes to help families negatively affected by this dangerous drug and may be able to get you the outcome you are seeking. Call us at (713) 352-7071 for a free and comprehensive review of your situation.

Understanding peripheral arterial disease and its causes

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 8:38 am by Williams Hart   

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition in which the blood vessels responsible in delivering oxygen-rich blood to the limbs are clogged or obstructed due to the accumulation of fatty deposits called plaque. Individuals suffering from PAD may experience numbness or pain in their limbs, particularly in their legs and feet, due to decreased flow of oxygenated blood.

Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, and aging all account for the development of PAD. Cases of peripheral arterial disease have also been recorded among infants exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressant) Zoloft in utero.

Unfortunately, babies who are suffering from this medical condition have a higher risk of developing other cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension and heart attack, later in life. If you believe your baby’s health has been put at risk because of Zoloft, our lawyers from Williams Hart are equipped with the experience and resources to help you potentially pursue legal action against its manufacturer. Call us at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about seeking financial compensation.

Can omphalocele be Zoloft-induced?

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:06 pm by Williams Hart   

Omphalocele is a neural tube birth defect in which the abdominal organs protrude outside the umbilical cord of a baby inside a transparent sac called a peritoneum. Babies suffering from this condition oftentimes have poor lung development, heart disorders, and abnormalities in their chromosomes.

Although causes of omphalocele are yet to be established, random cases of this life-threatening congenital defect have been linked to Zoloft exposure in utero. In fact, a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that cases of neural tube defects like omphalocele have been reported to affect babies born to mothers who took Zoloft during their first trimester of pregnancy.

Speak with an attorney from Williams Hart if you believe your family has been negatively impacted by Zoloft, an antidepressant being marketed as safe. Call (713) 352-7071 to discuss how it has affected your baby and learn more about your options for filing a legal claim.

Zoloft and the risk of anencephaly

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 1:50 pm by Williams Hart   

Zoloft belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is designed to treat symptoms of major depressive illnesses, such as manic depression and bipolar disorder.

However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 28, 2007 revealed that maternal use of Zoloft was associated with different neural tube defects (NTD), including anencephaly, a deadly birth defect that affects one out of more than 4,000 babies every year.

Babies born with anencephaly have no cerebrum and cerebellum because a portion of their neural tube failed to develop. Experts believe Zoloft increases the risk of this congenital defect by interfering with the synthesis of folic acid, which is known to decrease the risk of NTDs including anencephaly.

If you believe taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to suffer a birth defect, such as anencephaly, speak with one of our defective pharmaceuticals lawyers from Williams Hart about your options for taking legal action against the maker of this drug. Call us at (713) 352-7071 today.

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