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Effexor Class Action
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:07:05 PM »

Effexor Lawsuit 2011 Birth Defects

Helping families affected by Effexor birth defects after taking this SNRI antidepressant drug during pregnancy and representing individuals who have developed side effects in filing an Effexor lawsuit. Currently cases are being filed individually and no nationwide Effexor class action lawsuit has been filed.

Recently, the public has become more aware that the antidepressant drug Effexor which is prescribed to treat depression has been associated with serious birth defects problems. Effexor (generic name Venlafaxine) is a medication known as a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) manufactured by Pfizer Inc. Many women of childbearing age have taken antidepressant medications such as Effexor which are also referred to as serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

These antidepressant drugs, which include the SSRI's Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft, have different side effects for the unborn child associated with them including the increase risk of premature birth, breathing problems, gastrointestinal side effects and motor problems. The exact degree of risk of Effexor birth defects is currently unknown, however the risk of developing complications has been reported in babies following use of these medications. Women taking this drug during their pregnancy can expose their baby to the medication while in the womb leading to the development of a Effexor birth defect.

Effexor Birth Defects Pregnancy Conditions Include:

? PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension)
? Abdominal Birth Defects
? Heart Birth Defects
? Cranial Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration in 2004 announced a warning against the use of certain antidepressants for women in the late third trimester of pregnancy. The warning stated that doctors may want to gradually taper pregnant women off antidepressant medications in the third trimester so that the baby is not adversely affected. After a woman delivers, she should consult with her doctor to decide whether to return to a full dose of the antidepressant medication during the period when she is most vulnerable to problems such as postpartum depression.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert regarding the increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) which is a serious and life-threatening lung condition that occurs soon after birth. The alert covered a number of antidepressant drugs including Paxil. The Effexor label was also revised to include additional information regarding a study suggesting that exposure to the drug in the first trimester of pregnancy may be linked with an increased risk of Effexor birth defects involving cardiac problems. Effexor side effects continue to be studied and analyzed.

Effexor Lawsuit Settlement

If your child has suffered from Effexor and birth defects please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. We are currently investigating cases for families involving a Effexor birth defect that occurred after using this antidepressant drug. For the latest news and updates and information on filing a Effexor birth defects lawsuit claim please call or e-mail us today.
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