Antidepressant Autism Lawsuits
SSRI – Autism Lawyers
Was your child born with autism after being exposed to antidepressants in the womb? If so, you or your child may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. The antidepressant autism lawyers at Pulaski Law Firm, P.L.L.C. are conducting an investigation into whether the makers of such drugs were negligent in their determination that SSRIs were safe during pregnancy.
Research indicates the potential for a link between using antidepressant drugs (SSRIs) during pregnancy and autism. Families with autistic children are seeking autism lawyers to file an autism lawsuit, claiming that prenatal exposure to certain antidepressant drugs-SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Effexor and Paxil-caused autism.
Antidepressant Lawsuit Lawyer: SSRIs and Autism
A study by Johns Hopkins SChool of Public Health in Baltimore concludes that there is a correlation between autism and autism spectrum disorders and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) such as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Effexor and Paxil when taken during pregnancy.
Antidepressant – Autism Evaluation
Find out now whether you may have a case. If you took antidepressants while pregnant and your child was diagnosed with autism you may be entitled to a significant cash award. Certain legal deadlines may already be in effect so don’t delay.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Health care professionals refer to autism as a group of disorders with similar features, known as Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). An autistic person may develop serious cognitive and behavioral problems while another may not display any symptoms.
ASD category includes:
- Autistic disorder (also known as “classic” autism)
- Asperger syndrome
- Childhood disintegrative disorder (rare)
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (or atypical autism)
- Autism is a significant developmental disability that can lead to problems with social interaction and communication. Typically, symptoms develop at an early age and may interfere or inhibit cognitive skills that develop from infancy to adulthood. Recent evidence suggests that SSRIs may be responsible for children developing autism while in utero. This is a serious issue because often, a woman taking SSRI antidepressants may not know for some weeks that she is pregnant.
Studies on Autism and Drugs During Pregnancy
According to the Archives of General Psychiatry (one of the JAMA/Archives journals, July 2011), autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are increasing, and at the same time, use of antidepressant medications during pregnancy have increased in recent decades, “prompting concerns that prenatal exposure may contribute to increased risk of ASD”.
The study, “Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders”, involved a total of 298 children with ASD and 1507 randomly selected control children and was conducted at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California. It was one of the first studies to thoroughly research the link between autism and the use of SSRI antidepressants.
The report concluded that, “Although the number of children exposed prenatally to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in this population was low, results suggest that exposure, especially during the first trimester, may modestly increase the risk of ASD. The potential risk associated with exposure must be balanced with the risk to the mother or fetus of untreated mental health disorders. Further studies are needed to replicate and extend these findings.”
The most common SSRI antidepressants are the following:
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Effexor (venlafaxine)
- … more
Infants who are born to mothers taking any of the SSRI antidepressants above during part or all of their pregnancy are twice as likely as other infants to be diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, according to the study that appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry (above).
Duke University and Johns Hopkins University have conducted studies, some of which are ongoing, that suggest the asthma drug terbutaline, particularly taken within the 25-33 week timeframe of pregnancy may cause subtle brain damage that leads to autism.
Antidepressent Autism Lawsuits
Pulaski Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is currently accepting cases for those who have autism and whose mothers took antidepressant medication during pregnancy. If you or somebody you know has a child with autism after taking antidepressants during pregnancy, you should contact our attorneys right away for a free consultation. Call us at 1-800-BAD-DRUG or use the online form provided on this page.