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Zoloft may cause birth defect anencephaly

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 11:16 am by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 8:03 pm    

Anencephaly is a type of neural tube defect (NTD) that affects 1 out of 10,000 babies in the country. Derived from the Greek word which literally means ‘having no brain,’ anencephaly refers to the absence of major areas of the brain due to developmental abnormalities in the fetus during the early phases of pregnancy. Babies with anencephaly are either stillborn or die shortly after delivery.

This type of NTD is usually an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. However, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft has been found to increase the risk of anencephaly among babies exposed to it in utero. Zoloft affects the absorption of folic acid during pregnancy, which is essential in preventing NTDs like anencephaly.

If taking Zoloft has caused you to lose your baby from a fatal NTD such as anencephaly, our team at the Williams Hart law group might be able to help you hold the drug maker accountable for the tragedy. Call us now at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about the possibility of filing a wrongful death claim.

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