The drug Effexor is prescribed for depression and is in the class of drugs known as SNRIs (serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors).
While people taking Effexor suffer from side effects for the purpose, of this web page, the Effexor side effects are limited to infants born to women who took the drug while pregnant. Babies who are exposed to SNRIs during late pregnancy are also at an increased risk for developing persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, known as PPHN which is a life-threatening disorder in which the newborn's arteries to the lungs remain constricted after delivery, limiting the amount of blood flow to the lungs and therefore the amount of oxygen into the bloodstream.
PPHN is associated with significant complications and even death. Women who take SNRIs after week 20 of pregnancy have a six-fold increase of delivering a baby with PPHN.
Effexor birth defects lawsuit
In Boyer & Boyer v. Wyeth Pharmaecuticals, et al., plaintiffs Glenn and Lauren Boyer had a baby girl named Adelaide. Shortly after taking her first breath on February 11, 2010, it was discovered that their baby suffered lethal cardiac anomalies, including severe left hypoplastic heart, a malformed aorta, no aortic value, a malformed mitral valve, and other related conditions. The Boyers allege that the fatal heart anomalies were caused by Mrs. Boyer's use of EFFEXOR®.
The Boyers have filed an Effexor birth defect lawsuit and are represented by Thomas Anapol and Gregory Spizer of Anapol Schwartz Law Firm, among others. If your baby suffered serious birth defects or wrongful death while taking Effexor or another SNRI or SSRI drug while pregnant, you may also be eligible for compensation.
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