Effexor and Pregnancy

effexor and pregnancy

Effexor and Pregnancy Side Effects

For a long while, the effects of Effexor and Pregnancy were unknown. Only after the drug remained on the market for years was it noticed that fetuses that were exposed to Effexor before birth have a high risk of developing side effects. The side effects include developmental delays, lung and heart defects. Though little research on risk & pregnancy defects has been conducted, similar anti-depressant medications have resulted to serious risks on the newborn babies.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is included in the list of SNRIs (serotonin norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors). This means that it inhibits the uptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine. Wyeth, the manufacturer, claims that Effexor helps increase levels of norepinephrine and serotonin between the cells of the brain, which boosts transmission of the electrical signals in the brain and improves the overall wellbeing of the patient.

Recent studies have raised eyebrows over Effexor’s side effects although the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved it anyway. Recent research has shown that women who were using Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in their 1st trimester of the pregnancy have a 40% greater risk of bearing malformed babies. They also have a 60% higher risk of having babies with heart defects.

Another study shows a link between SSRIs & major malformations such as the cardiac malformation. The risk is higher to women who had prescriptions for Effexor filled in the 30 days before conception through the end of the 1st trimester in comparison with those who had no Effexor prescriptions during the same period.

Effexor and Pregnancy has been placed in Category C by the FDA. It implies that FDA knows that it causes risk to the unborn if used during pregnancy.

Effexor and Pregnancy Developmental Delays

A recent study has linked babies exposed to Effexor during the 2nd and/or 3rd trimester of pregnancy to numerous developmental delays. The delays included walking later and delay in sitting upright without support compared to children not exposed to Effexor. The children exposed to Effexor sat 16 days later & walked a month later when compared to children not exposed to Effexor.

At the age of 19 months, the exposed children had difficulty occupying themselves above 15 minutes compared to children not exposed to Effexor.

Researchers concluded that Effexor and pregnancy use had a permanent or reversible effect on the fetal brain development though the intensity depends on which trimester the fetus was exposed.

Effexor and Pregnancy Defects

effexor and pregnancyHere are defects linked to use of Effexor during pregnancy:

· Cleft lip & cleft palate – incomplete development of the lip and mouth

· Club foot – one or two feet turn inward and downward and may be deformed

· Anal Atresia – partial or complete closure of the anus.

· Neural-tube defects – brain & spinal cord defects.

· Craniosynostosis – an abnormally shaped skull.

Serotonin Norepinephrine Re-uptake Inhibitors (SNRI)

Effexor is used to treat serious depression & other mood disorders. Effexor works by increasing the levels of both serotonin & norepinephrine which are the major transmitters in the brain. Pristiq, also known as desvenlafaxine, is a major anti-depressant drug manufactured by Pfizer that has side effects similar to Effexor.

We can get you the help you need to cover your infant’s medical care and pain and suffering. Call us now at 1-800-499-6652 or complete the form on this page today for a free case review. If your newborn has been negatively affected by your use of Effexor or another anti-depressant during pregnancy, contact us today to see if you qualify to file a lawsuit on the effects of Effexor and pregnancy.

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