What Are Antidepressant Drugs?
Antidepressants are drugs that correct chemical imbalances in the brain and reduce the symptoms of depression. These imbalances to the chemicals in the brain can cause changes to a person’s behavior and their mood.
Neurotransmitters in the brain have a critical role as they are the communication links between the nerve cells of the brain. When one nerve releases a neurotransmitter it is normally accepted by another nerve. If there is no acceptance then the originating nerves will be taken back in a process called “reuptake”.
When it comes to depression, the prevalent neurotransmitters are dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.
Antidepressant drugs inhibit the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters and this leads to an increase in their levels around the nerves in the brain. A common example of antidepressant medication is the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) group of drugs that change the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin levels often determine mood. A body will produce serotonin naturally and the job of SSRI drugs is to increase the levels by blocking the reuptake of serotonin. A doctor may prescribe an SSRI for the treatment of panic attacks, depression, anxiety disorders or other personality problems. In severe cases of depression they seem to work better than in mild cases.
A number of studies have suggested that side effects of antidepressant medications could include serious SSRI birth defects which will mean a lot of health problems for babies and younger children. There has been a link discovered between taking SSRI type anti depression medications and giving birth to babies with defects. These can include septal defects, spina bifida, cleft palate and persistant pulmonary hypertension in the babies. These have lead the to the rise in antidepressant lawsuits.
SSRI Birth Defects
The links between antidepressants and birth defects are categorized as either cardiac or non cardiac and they include:
Cardiac Birth Defects
Hypoplastic Left Heart. This is where the baby’s left side of the heart does not fully develop. This is very serious and can cause sudden death. In a lot of cases patients may need a number of surgical procedures or even a heart transplant to ensure survival as they get older.
Hypoplastic Right Heart. This is where the baby’s right side of the heart does not fully develop. This is very serious and can cause sudden death. In a lot of cases patients may need a number of surgical procedures or even a heart transplant to ensure survival as they get older.
Septal Defect. This is an atrial and ventricular defect where a hole is developed in the wall of the baby’s heart. This can lead to blood circulation not being sufficient which in turn stresses the heart by making it work harder to pump more blood. Open heart surgery is often required with this condition.
Tetrology Of Fallot. This has four components which are the dilated aorta that connects to the left and right ventricles, a ventricular septal defect, thickening of the right sided ventricle and a narrowing of the pulmonary valve. This may result in the blood not being properly oxygenated before it is circulated through the baby’s body.
Non Cardiac Birth Defects
Club Foot. This is an abnormal development of the baby’s blood vessels, muscles, bones and joints that results in one or both feet turning downward and inward which can cause sever problems with mobility in later life.
Spina Bifida. This is caused by the there is no closure of the spinal cord and the backbone and the spinal cord can protrude through the opening. The normal function of the protruded section of the cord is impaired which can lead to severe disabilities.
Cleft Palate. This is where separate parts of the skull that go to form the roof of the mouth do not join together as they should. This can lead to breathing, feeding and speech problems as the child grows.
Birth Injury Lawsuit
If you or a member of your family have taken SSRI antidepressant drugs during pregnancy and given birth to a baby that has been born with defects then you should contact birth defect attorneys that specialize in antidepressant lawsuits. Click here to contact a credible birth injury attorney who will be happy to review your case and advise on whether you have a good case.
It is imperative that you deal with competent birth injury lawyers as they have the experience and will be able to quickly ascertain if a case can be taken to court and compensation sought. So the next step is to click here and complete the form on the page and receive the right advice and guidance today.