Zoloft use during pregnancy is up despite birth defects risk, says new 2011 drug study

Use of Zoloft during pregnancy increased by about 200% in recent years, despite birth defects risks linked to the SSRI antidepressant drug, according to a 2011 study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The study, “Medication use during pregnancy, with particular focus on prescription drugs: 1976-2008,” found that Zoloft (setraline) has become the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for use while pregnant.

The first trimester of pregnancy is the time when drug side effects can pose the highest risk of birth defects to the fetus. Therefore, a priority of the research was to understand patterns and factors associated with the actual use of drugs are taken during pregnancy, particularly the first trimester of pregnancy.

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The study found a more than 750% increase in the use of antidepressants during pregnancy from the periods between 1988-1990 and 2004-2008. In the most recent period, Zoloft had become the antidepressant drug most commonly used by pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy.

The research was conducted by scientists from Boston University, Harvard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Researchers reviewed several studies that interviewed more than 30,000 women about their use of prescription and non-prescription medication during pregnancy. They found that in the past three decades, the number of pregnant who took some medication during the first trimester of pregnancy increased by 60%. The number of women who used four or more drugs increased by 300%.

The most recent data shows that about 50% of pregnant women in the U.S. take a prescription drug during their first trimester of pregnancy. An alarming 80% of women in the U.S. take either a prescription medication or an over-the-counter (OTC) drug at some point during their pregnancy.

Zoloft Lawsuit

An increasing number of scientific studies on the use of Zoloft during pregnancy and birth defects have led to growing concerns that side effects of the SSRI antidepressant drug cause an increased risk of septal defects (holes in the heart) and other Zoloft heart defects. Lawyers are accepting new Zoloft birth defect cases and preparing to file Zoloft lawsuits in 2011 across the United States, alleging that drug maker Pfizer failed to adequately warn of dangerous Zoloft side effects for unborn children.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft during pregnancy and your baby was born with a septal defect (hole in the heart) or other congenital birth defect, you and your child may be entitled to recover substantial financial compensation. Learn about your legal rights. Contact us now for free, no-obligation discussion with a Zoloft heart defects lawsuit attorney. Submit the attorney contact form or call us toll-free. 800-845-6913

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