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Why is Lexapro a Category C Drug?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rated Lexapro (escitalopram) a Pregnancy Category C drug because of the risk the drug may impose on the developing fetus, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy. Although human experience is limited and absolute risks are believed to be small, as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Lexapro shares many of the common risk attributes of other antidepressants. Specifically, medical research suggests that Lexapro may contribute to birth abnormalities and defects, such as low birth weight, respiratory distress, and even a serious condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).


Are you a Lexapro patient whose child was born with a health condition? Your prescription medication and your child’s neonatal health may be more closely related than you might have thought. For that matter, your family’s legal rights may be more seriously affected by these medical considerations than you realized, too.


Have questions about SSRIs like Lexapro and their impacts on infant health? Find out how the dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears Nachawati may be able to help you. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email We’re ready to fight for you!

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Why is Lexapro a Category C Drug?