Motley Rice attorneys are currently reviewing potential Zyban lawsuits involving women who took Zyban® during early pregnancy and suffered adverse side effects. Zyban, a smoking cessation drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and generically called bupropion hydrochloride, has been linked to serious side effects in women who took this drug during early pregnancy.
Contact a Zyban Lawyer
Lawyers at Motley Rice are currently reviewing potential Zyban lawsuits. If you, a family member or friend took Zyban during early pregnancy and had a baby born with a birth defect, you may contact Zyban lawyer Kimberly Barone Baden by email or by calling 1.800.768.4026 to learn more about your legal rights.
Zyban Side Effects
Bupropion hydrochloride was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985 as a drug prescribed to treat various forms of depression. It was approved for use as a smoking cessation aid on May 14, 1997, and helps to reduce the side effects associated with nicotine withdrawal.
Zyban carries a Pregnancy Category C classification, meaning that animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus but that no adequate or well-controlled studies in humans have been performed.
Zyban has been linked to congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects affect approximately 40,000 babies each year, and one of the primary known causes of such birth defects is the ingestion of teratogenic drugs during pregnancy. A teratogen is a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of a fetus that can ultimately result in serious birth defects.
Zyban Birth Defects
A 2010 case-control study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that women who take Zyban during early pregnancy may run a greater risk for having a baby born with a heart birth defect. This study identifies a positive association between early pregnancy Zyban use and left outflow tract heart birth defects. Researchers caution that the findings of this study are not conclusive and that further research is needed to confirm the findings. Women taking Zyban who are planning to become pregnant should speak with their doctors about the potential side effects and alternative options.