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Rottenstein Law Group Acknowledges Research Showing SSRI Use By Pregnant Women to Treat Depression is Linked to Preeclampsia


(New York, NY, March 28, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from injuries and birth defects caused by Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Zoloft and Paxil, has learned of research showing that pregnant women who take SSRIs to treat depression might be putting themselves at risk for developing dangerously high blood pressure, a condition known as “preeclampsia” that can harm both mothers and their unborn children.
The SSRI/preeclampsia connection was drawn by a Canadian study published in the March 22, 2012 edition of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. According to U.S. News, the study found that women who took SSRIs including Zoloft during their pregnancies were at a 60 percent higher risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure. The total risk increased from 2 percent to 3 percent.
For the women who took Paxil, the risk was even greater: SSRI use increased their chances of developing preeclampsia to 3.6 percent.
“We know that antidepressants should be used with caution [during pregnancy],” the U.S. News article quotes the lead researcher, Anick Berard, as having stated. “The association between SSRIs and hypertension is a new finding.” Berard is the director of the research unit of medications and pregnancy at CHU Ste.-Justine’s Research Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
The Rottenstein Law Group’s  Zoloft Lawsuit Information Center contains social media features that allow for easy sharing on sites like Facebook and Twitter, which enables visitors to spread the word about the potential dangers associated with Zoloft. The firm encourages visitors to link to its sites from their own blogs and Web sites to spread information about dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
About the Rottenstein Law Group
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.


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