Recent studies show that Zoloft actually increases the risk of birth defects when taken before and during pregnancy. The original manufacturer of Zoloft, Pfizer, has failed to warn of the potential birth defects this drug can cause. As of 2011, the Zoloft prescription warning label does not include information regarding an increased risk of birth defects for women taking the drug during pregnancy.
Zoloft is the world’s most popular anti-depressant. This pharmaceutical drug is produced to market for patients with various levels of anxiety or depression. Zoloft is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI. Most SSRIs are commonly used to treat social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other similar disorders.
Possible Zoloft Birth Defects Include:
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Septal defect (Hole in the heart wall)
- Heart Valve Defects
- Neural Tube Defects (Spina bifida)
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Coarctation of the Aorta (Narrowing of aorta)
- Pulmonary Atresia (Heart valve not formed properly)
- Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
- Abdominal Defects
- Cranial Defects (Skull deformities)
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate