What is Wellbutrin?
One of the most popular antidepressants on the market is known as Wellbutrin, which has a generic name of bupropion. Wellbutrin is one of the top sellers for large pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Normally, antidepressant drugs fall into a category called Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI), however Wellbutrin functions differently.
Wellbutrin is known as a NDRI, and works with the levels of dopamine in the body. Unfortunately, Wellbutrin presents many of the same risks that are known to be associated with SSRI’s.
Wellbutrin and Pregnancy Complications
Studies have proven that women who take Wellbutrin while pregnant are at a much greater risk of having birth defects occur with their babies than women not on Wellbutrin and other antidepressants. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who took bupropion (Wellbutrin) were at a significantly greater risk of having a child with a condition known as left outflow tract heart defect. This disorder is commonly known as a congenital heart disease that interrupts the amount of blood that can flow through the child’s left chambers of their heart. Many other potential birth defects have also been linked to Wellbutrin, these include, but are not limited to:
- Cardiovascular Defects
- Facial/Skull Deformity
- Cleft Palate
- Shortened Limbs
- Club Foot
- Intestinal Defects
Wellbutrin and Birth Defects
Wellbutrin has also been linked to many potential birth defects which include:
- Cranial Birth Defects
- Abdominal Birth Defects
- Heart Birth Defects
- Persistent Pulmonary hypertension
- Club Foot
- Spina Bifida
- Pulmonary Artresia
- Ventral Septal Defects
- Heart Murmur
The studies and links between Wellbutrin, depression, birth defects and pregnancy complications are ongoing. In a study from 1997 through 2004 the National Birth Defects Prevention Study monitored 12,000 infants exposed to antidepressant drugs such as Wellbutrin, they determined that around 7,000 had experience one or more variety of heart defect at birth.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from taking Wellbutrin. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful side effects of taking Wellbutrin. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a pregnancy or birth defect as a result of taking Wellbutrin, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog