Antidepressants Dangerous for Pregnant Women ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Antidepressants Dangerous for Pregnant Women

A recent FDA alert is warning pregnant women about the dangers of taking antidepressants during pregnancy. The FDA issued the alert in July (06) following the publication of a case-control study investigating the effects of taking antidepressants while pregnant. According to the report, mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to give birth to babies with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), than mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy. SSRI's include Celexa (citalopram), Fluvoxamine Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline).

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