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Zoloft birth defects lawsuit moved back to St. Louis court

Filed April 17th, 2012 Laurie

A lawsuit representing 21 children in Missouri claiming they suffered birth defects because their mothers took the antidepressant Zoloft has been sent back to a state court.

According to a report from St. Louis Business Journal, the class-action lawsuit filed on Feb. 2 representing the victims of alleged Zoloft-related birth defects was moved back to St. Louis Circuit Court after being moved to a federal court at the request of the makers of the drug.

Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drug and people taking these drugs face myriad side effects. More recent evidence suggests SSRI drug like Zoloft, one of the most popular drugs prescribed in the class, when taken by expecting mothers or pregnant women can cause fatal or life-altering birth defects.

Other popular brand names of SSRI antidepressants include Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Paxil, Remeron, and Wellbutrin. These drugs have been associated with myriad side effects in addition to the birth defects claims. They are approved in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, another other disorders.

Recent research suggests many prescriptions filled for SSRI drugs like Zoloft are largely ineffective and only people suffering from severe forms of depressing get much clinical benefit from the drugs. For some expecting mothers, taking antidepressant drug is essential as the potential dangers their level of depression could cause are riskier than taking an SSRI drug.

For many more mothers however, the reverse is true.

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