A study published in the British Medical Journal links certain antidepressants with birth defects when used by pregnant women. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta led the study.
Researchers looked at selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of antidepressants often referred to as SSRIs. The SSRIs included in the study were Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft.
The researchers recorded an increase in birth defects in children whose mothers used Prozac or Paxil early in their pregnancy. They reviewed 28,000 pregnancies between 1997 and 2009.
When women used Paxil one month before or during their first trimester, the risk of birth defects increased. For anencephaly, or a deformation of the skull, the risk rose from 2 per 10,000 to 7 per 10,000. For heart defects, the risk rose from 10 per 10,000 to 24 per 10,000.
In their study, the researchers emphasized that the Prozac and Paxil birth defects risk is small, but their findings do show a link. In light of this link, they called for further studies into the use of SSRI antidepressants in pregnant women.
It is highly recommended to speak with an obstetrician and mental health professional in order to make an informed decision about using SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.
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