Congenital heart defects are a major cause of infant death and occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth. These abnormalities can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the flow of blood to the rest of the baby’s body.
Some studies suggest that taking Effexor while pregnant may increase a woman’s risk of giving birth to a baby with congenital heart defects. A number of women and families have filed lawsuits alleging that Pfizer, Effexor’s manufacturer, should have disclosed the increase risk of congenital heart defects associated with the use of Effexor while pregnant.
Types of Effexor Congenital Heart Defects
There are many different types of congenital heart defects and range from simple defects with few or no symptoms to complex defects with severe, life-threatening symptoms. Similarly, the treatments vary considerably from no treatment at all to specialized treatment throughout their lives. Congenital heart defects can affect different parts of the heart, including:
- The interior walls of the heart
- The valves inside the heart
- The arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body
Speak with an Effexor Congenital Heart Defect Lawyer
If your child suffers from congenital heart defects after you or a loved one used Effexor while pregnant, and you would like to receive a free consultation with our Effexor birth defect lawyers, please fill out the form on the right or call toll-free (866) 981-4800.