Pristiq, also known as desvenlafaxine, is a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder. According to mounting information, antidepressants like Pristiq may cause life-threatening birth defects in children born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy. Lawsuits are now being filed on behalf of victims nationwide.
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How Does Pristiq Work?
Antidepressants like Pristiq are believed to create the effect of increasing between-cell serotonin and norepinephrine levels by reducing their re-absorption between firings of nerve cells. Pristiq operates by blocking proteins that enable nerve cells’ re-absorption of these neurotransmitters, blocking “reuptake” proteins thereby leaving more active neurotransmitters in the gaps between nerves.
Pristiq Birth Defects
When taken during pregnancy, Pristiq has been linked to a variety of extremely severe heart and lung birth defects including:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
- Ventral Septal Defects (VSD) – hole in the heart wall
- Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve
- Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
- Tetralogy of the Fallot
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Craniosynostosis – cranial skull defect
- Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Club Foot
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
Antidepressants Linked to Suicide
Since the late 1990′s, there has been concern over increased risk of suicide in young children and teenagers taking antidepressants. In 2003, it was estimated that nearly ten million antidepressant prescriptions had been written for children and teens under 18.
FDA ‘Black Box’ Warning
In 2004, the FDA directed the manufacturers of all antidepressant medications to add a “black box” warning that describes the increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and adolescents given antidepressant medications. The “black box” warning is the strongest prescription drug labeling warning the government can order.
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We are handling individual lawsuits nationwide and currently accepting new Pristiq injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a birth defect linked to the use of Pristiq, you should contact us as soon as possible for a free confidential review of your potential case.