Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Research Showing SSRI Use By Pregnant Women Is Linked to Preeclampsia

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from injuries and birth defects caused by the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Zoloft and Paxil, has learned of research showing that pregnant women who take SSRIs to treat their depression face a higher risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure, a condition that is known as “preeclampsia” and that can harm both mothers and their unborn infants.

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The SSRI/preeclaimpsia 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% higher risk of developing high blood pressure. The total risk increased from 2% to 3.2%.

For the women who took Paxil, the risk was even greater: SSRI use increased their chances of developing preeclampsia to 3.6%.

“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 Ste-Justine’s.

RLG’s Zoloft Lawsuit Information Center, at, has features that allow for easy sharing, including links for automatic posting on Facebook and Twitter, specifically to enable visitors to spread the word about Zoloft and the dangers of the drug. The Rottenstein Law Group, a personal injury firm, encourages visitors to link to its sites from their own blogs and websites to spread information about defective medical products and dangerous drugs.

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was recently founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action lawsuits in a compassionate manner.
The Rottenstein Law Group, LLP
Rochelle Rottenstein, Esq.
1259 Veeder Drive
Hewlett NY 11557
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