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List of Prescription Drug Side Effects


 

Prescription drugs are a huge industry in America, including in the state of Massachusetts. They most likely affect you and/or your loved ones. With such a giant industry comes a lot of responsibility from the drug manufacturers. These manufacturers make prescription drugs for a variety of health conditions and each comes with certain side effects. If a defective drug led to adverse side effects, you have a right to recover damages for the pain and suffering and medical expenses you may have incurred as a result.

 

The Law Office of Frank Fernandez has worked with patients who have suffered / are suffering from side effects brought on by the following common drugs:

Accutane

This acne drug has been reported to lead to ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.

Actos

This acne drug has been reported to lead to ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.

Celexa

The Drug Celexa and Birth Defects

Celexa (citalopram) is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is used as an antidepressant medication. Unfortunately, there have been many reports of adverse side effects such as birth defects. Babies born by mothers on Celexa during pregnancy have developed persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), atrial septal defects, and ventricular septal defects.

 

PPHN is a condition which causes a baby’s circulatory system to malfunction and prevents the body from receiving the proper amount of oxygen it needs. This causes organs to not work properly.

 

Atrial septal defects, otherwise known as holes in the heart, also negatively affect the heart and circulatory system of newborns. A common result of the condition is perforated septum which separates the heart’s two chambers. This causes blood to ripple back and forth between the chambers.

 

Ventricular septal defects are similar to atrial septal defects except they can also lead to a bacterial infection called endocarditis.

 

Other conditions caused by Celexa include:

  • Anal atresia (imperforate anus)
  • Atrial enlargement
  • Cleft lip
  • Club foot
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenital heart defect (CHD)
  • Cranial birth defects
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Epispadias
  • Gastrointestinal malformations (GI tract)
  • Gastroschisis
  • Heart malformations
  • Hypoplastic right/left heart syndrome
  • Hypospadias
  • Limb reduction defects
  • Neural tube defect
  • Omphalocele (abdominal malformations)
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Tetrology of fallot
  • Transposition of great arteries (TGA)
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Undescended testes

 

These conditions have been so commonly reported for birth defects, that the FDA had to take action and classify Celexa as a Pregnancy C drug. This means that women who take the drug during pregnancy are at a higher risk for giving birth to a newborn with birth defects.

 

If you or a loved one has taken Celexa while pregnant and has given birth to a newborn with birth defects, you may have the right to seek compensation for damages, pain and suffering and any incurred medical costs. It’s important to understand that Forest Laboratories, the maker of Celexa, must be held reliable for its drug causing any of the aforementioned side effects in a baby. You have legal rights in the state of Massachusetts and the Law Office of Frank Fernandez can help you determine if you have a case against the manufacturer.

Effexor

Meant to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, the drug has affected babies in the womb, developing congenital birth defects as well as left outflow heart defect.

Levaquin

Manufactured to treat bacterial infections, there have been reported cases of tendon damage, tendonitis and tendon rupture.

Lexapro

The Drug Lexapro and Birth Defects

Lexapro (escitalopram), manufactured by Forest Laboratories, is an antidepressant classified as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI). It’s a popular drug used to treat adults for anxiety syndromes and depression.

 

When women take the drug while pregnant, they run the risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects. These may include congenital birth defects such as:

 

Atrial septal defects
This is a condition known as hole in the heart which allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the blood chambers in the heart. ASD is a defect in the septum, which separates the heart’s left and right sides.

 

Congenital heart defects
This is a general term for any condition that results from the heart or blood vessels near the heart not developing normally before birth.

 

Craniosynostosis
Craniosynostosis, or synostosis, is the early fusion of two or more bones of the skull. A newborn’s skull is made up of many different bones that are not fused together at birth, which is important to allow the brain to grow.

 

Omphalocele
This condition is a birth defect of the abdominal wall. A newborn’s intestines, liver or other organs stick outside of the belly through the belly button instead of going back into the stomach.

 

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
PPHN is described as the failure of normal circulatory transition after a child’s birth. It is a syndrome characterized by marked pulmonary hypertension and it causes hypoxemia and right-to-left intracardiac shunting of blood.

 

Ventricular septal defects
This is one of the most common congenital heart defects, described as a hole in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart—similar to atrial.

 

Even more dangerous is the risk for women who breastfed their newborns while pregnant. Lexapro can pass through breast milk to the baby and result in additional birth defects and health concerns. Plus, it has been reported that newborns who were exposed to Lexapro in the womb have suffered from withdrawal symptons. This is due to halted exposure to the antidepressant drug.

 

When a newborn is affected by any of these conditions due to the mother taking Lexapro during pregnancy in the state of Massachusetts, the manufacturer may be held responsible and required to pay for any damages and medical costs incurred as a result.

 

Have you or a loved one given birth to an effected newborn after taking Lexapro? Contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez in Boston. Fernandez has years of experience in helping families recover funds that are rightfully theirs because of these birth defects. He can help you understand your rights and the potential compensation you may be entitled to.

Mirena

The contraceptive intrauterine device has reportedly perforated the uterine wall in women.

NuvaRing

This contraceptive device has been linked to side effects such as blood clots, especially in the lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism.

Paxil

The Drug Paxil and Birth Defects

GlaxoSmithKline manufactures the antidepressant drug called Paxil (paroxetine), and it is used for patients suffering from conditions such as depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The drug is classified as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI). As reported with some other SSRI drugs, the use of this drug by a woman during pregnancy can lead to congenital birth defects in newborns. Mothers should take extreme care if prescribed this medicine. If a newborn experiences any of a number of defects listed below, GlaxoSmithKline can be held reliable under state law. The most common are:

 

Atrial septal defects
This is a condition known as hole in the heart which allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the blood chambers in the heart. ASD is a defect in the septum, which separates the heart’s left and right sides.

 

Congenital heart defects
This is a general term for any condition that results from the heart or blood vessels near the heart not developing normally before birth.

 

Ventricular septal defects
This is one of the most common congenital heart defects, described as a hole in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart—similar to atrial.

 

Withdrawal
Symptoms can include sweating, goosebumps, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle pain as a result of discontinued exposure to a drug. Withdrawal may be common among infants, however it’s exaggerated when exposure to an SSRI, such as Paxil, is discontinued.

 

Other conditions may include:

  • Atrial enlargement
  • Atrial septal defects (holes in heart)
  • Cleft lip
  • Club foot
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Epispadias
  • Gastrointestinal malformations (GI tract)
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hypoplastic right/left heart
  • Hypospadias
  • Neural tube defect
  • Omphalocele (organs outside abdomen)
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Tetrology of fallot
  • Transposition of great arteries (TGA)
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Undescended testes

 

Mothers who were breastfeeding during pregnancy are at an increased risk of passing on Paxil to the baby. As a result, there’s more of a likelihood the baby will develop any of the aforementioned congenital birth defects.

 

It’s important for mothers and their families to know about their rights in the state of Massachusetts in the event she gave birth to a newborn with any of the aforementioned defects. GlaxoSmithKline may be responsible for covering any damages, pain and suffering and medical costs as a result of the mother taking Paxil during pregnancy. If you think your family is affected, contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez in Boston. As experts in the field of birth defects related to the drug Paxil, we can help you determine if you’re eligible for compensation.

Pradaxa

Meant to help prevent strokes and blood clots in patients who have atrial fibrillation, this drug has been linked to excessive, uncontrollable bleeding.

Prozac

This is another SSRI antidepressant drug with adverse side effects. Women carrying a child while on the drug have been reported to give birth to a baby developing congenital birth defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Risperdal

Breast tissue production has been linked to this anti-psychotic drug, especially in men.

Testosterone

Testosterone gels have been linked to strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems—even fatality. These gels are known to especially effect people who have poor heart history.

Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh implant is a common procedure for women and it has been associated with transvaginal mesh erosion and organ damage from the device eroding inside the body.

Wellbutrin

This SNRI antidepressant, when taking by a pregnant woman, can cause the baby to born with serious birth defects, including left outflow heart defect.

Yaz

Pulmonary embolism, a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein, has been linked to this drug meant to prevent ovulation in women.

Zoloft

This drug is used to treat depression, anxiety and other disorders. However, when a baby is exposed to the drug in the womb, it can cause heart defects, ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects.

Have you or a loved one been affected by any of these drugs, or any other drug not on this list that you think led to adverse side effects? The Law Office of Frank Fernandez in Boston is experienced in handling cases involving side effects from drugs. Contact Frank Fernandez to find out about your potential eligibility for compensation to cover any damages suffered.

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