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Wellbutrin (Bupropion) Linked to Heart Birth Defects and Suicide

The antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart birth defects and suicide.

Wellbutrin’s manufacturer has not warned users adequately about these serious side effects, putting them at risk for severe short-term or life-long damages or even death. For this reason, people who have taken Wellbutrin and developed serious injuries as a result have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible. Although a lawsuit cannot ease the pain or loss of a loved one, it can help compensate for losses in income, quality of life and suffering. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious side effect after taking Wellbutrin, an experienced Wellbutrin attorney with Janet, Jenner & Suggs can review your situation and advise you. All consultations are free of charge.

Consumer Alert

Women taking Wellbutrin should be aware that a 2010 study linked the drug to a particular heart irregularity in newborns known as left outflow defect. This defect, which affects the flow of blood from the heart’s left chambers to the rest of the body, typically requires surgery to repair.

Anyone taking Wellbutrin should not stop taking Wellbutrin without first talking to their doctor, because this can cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects. A woman taking Wellbutrin who becomes pregnant or who intends to become pregnant should immediately tell her doctor.

Other Serious Wellbutrin Side Effects

Wellbutrin is part of the aminoketone class of antidepressants and it is structurally and chemically different than other antidepressants on the market, such as Prozac or Celexa. Bupropion is also sold under the brand name of Zyban as an anti-smoking drug.

Wellbutrin has been linked to the following birth defects:

• Heart Ventrical Outflow Tract Defects

• Atrial Septal Defect (defects in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart)

• Ventrical Septal Defect (defects in the wall between the lower chambers of the heart)

• Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (arteries to the lungs are narrower than normal)

• Coarctation of the aorta (narrow artery, such that blood cannot easily leave the heart to flow around the body).

• Hypoplastic left heart (left side of the heart is underdeveloped)

• Lung Defect

• Pulmonary Defect

• Pulmonary Stenosis (the opening of the pulmonary vein into the heart’s right ventricle has narrowed, such that blood cannot easily enter the heart)

Wellbutrin and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Wellbutrin is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

The FDA in March 2004 issued a warning for Wellbutrin and other antidepressants, stating that the drug can cause suicide and violence in children and teenagers. This FDA public health advisory places doctors, patients and families on notice to be particularly vigilant for signs of worsening depression or suicidal thoughts at the beginning of anti-depressant therapy or whenever the dose is changed.

Also included in the FDA warning were the antidepressants Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Remeron, Lexapro, Luvox, and Serzone.

The FDA action followed a 2003 British study that showed children and teens who took antidepressants like Wellbutrin had two to three times the risk of suicide and suicidal thinking.

Antidepressant manufacturers and the medical community have been aware for a long time that certain antidepressant can cause people to kill themselves. Despite the numerous studies linking increased suicide risk with antidepressant like Wellbutrin, drug manufacturers continue to refute these claims.

Legal Help for Victims of Wellbutrin Injuries

If you or a loved one were treated with Wellbutrin and suffered any of the above injuries, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form, or call us toll-free 1-877-My-Advocates (1-877-692-3862) to discuss your case with one of our pharmaceutical injury lawyers today.