Zyban Side Effects Injury Lawsuits. If you took Zyban (bupropion) while pregnant and your child was born with birth defects, this SSRI antidepressant could be to blame. Zyban has been associated with serious heart and lung birth defects, including heart ventricle outflow track defects, atrial and ventrical septal defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborn (PPHN), pulmonary stenosis, hypoplastic left heart, coartication of the aorta, and Tetralogy of Fallot. If you took this drug while pregnant, and your child suffers from these or any other birth defects, you may be eligible to file a Zyban birth defect lawsuit.
The Zyban birth defect lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of this defective drug. If your child suffers from a Zyban birth defect, you may be able to obtain compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses. To learn how our Zyban birth defect lawyers can help you and your family, please contact us today.
Zyban Birth Defects
Zyban is a non-nicotine smoking cessation aid that was first marketed by GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. GlaxoSmithKline also markets bupropion as a treatment for depression and seasonal affective disorder under the name Wellbutrin. Buproprion is also sometimes used off-label for weight loss, bipolar depression, ADD/ADHD, Crohn’s disease, restless leg syndrome (RLS), pathological gambling, and SSRI/SNRI-induced sexual dysfunction.
Evidence of a link between Zyban and birth defects has been accumulating ever since buproprion came on the market. In 1997 Glaxo created the Bupropion Pregnancy Registry to track pregnancy outcomes among expectant mothers who took either Wellbutrin or Zyban. By March 31, 2008 GlaxoSmithKline determined that 3.6% of the infants born to mothers who took Wellbutrin or Zyban during the first trimester had birth defects.American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found a positive link between Wellbutrin and Zyban in early pregnancy and cardiac birth defects. In particular, women who took buproprion in the early months of pregnancy had more than double the risk of having a child with heart defects known as left outflow tract defects, compared with infants whose mothers had not used the drug.
Zyban birth defects may include:
- Congenital heart lesions & anomalies
- Down’s syndrome
- Undescended testes in males
- Spina bifida
- Clubfoot (one or both feet turn downward and inward)
- Septal defects; Cleft lip and/or cleft palate