Zoloft has been linked to a variety of dangerous side effects including withdrawl, increased risk of omphalocele (abdominal wall) birth defects, anal atresia (malformation of the anus), limb reduction defects and septal (heart) defects. Infants exposed to Zoloft in utero may also experience withdrawal (neonatal abstinence syndrome), or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) after birth.
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Zoloft is one of several antidepressants in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It is primarily used to treat major depression in adults as well as obsessive-compulsive, panic and social anxiety disorders in adults and children.
Congenital Heart Defects
A recent study uncovered an increased risk in heart defects affecting infants of women who took an SSRI being born with a heart defect. The study found that the risk was more than three times higher with Zoloft and almost five times higher when combined with another SSRI.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned doctors and patients that exposure to SSRIs such as Zoloft during pregnancy pose a serious risk to the fetus and has been linked to an increased risk of Congenital Heart Defects.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
PPHN happens when a newborn’s circulation system does not adapt to breathing outside of the womb. Research has shown that women who have taken Zoloft may be 6 times more likely to have PPHN than infants who are not exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy.
Known Zoloft Side Effects
Zoloft is in the FDA Category C. This means that there could be serious risks to the unborn infant of a woman taking Zoloft while pregnant. The birth defects or conditions that may be associated with the use of Zoloft include:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
- Ventral Septal Defects (VSD) – hole in the heart wall
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tetralogy of the Fallot
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
- Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
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