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hyperactivity in children linked to acetaminophen use during pregnancy

Doctors are often leery of recommending prescription or over-the-counter medications to their pregnant patients because of concerns of causing harm to developing fetuses. But a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has linked one common medicine that has long been given the green light for pregnant women to hyperactivity in their children. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and various generic over-the-counter medicines, as well as some prescription painkillers. It is also found in medication for allergies, colds, flu and sleeplessness. It is considered safe for pregnant women, with more than half of women in the U.S. and Europe ... Read More

Experts worry about skyrocketing prescriptions for antidepressants

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants has reached a record high in the United Kingdom, and experts fear that some people may be unnecessarily exposed to antidepressant side effects. The Health and Social Care Information Centre released the new figures on prescription drugs, which showed antidepressant use had risen by one-third in just a year, and that about four million Britons are taking the drugs each year – twice as many compared to 10 years ago. Representatives from mental health agencies say they worry that people suffering from depression are prescribed drugs as a first-line defense because other forms of ... Read More

Teenager warns others about humiliating Risperidal side effect

Sam Wilson tried for years to hide the humiliating side effect he developed while taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. But now the teenager is ready to speak out in an effort to warn boys taking the drug. Sam was 10 when he was first prescribed Risperdal to treat behavioral problems. He continued on the drug for seven years and during that time he began to grow breasts. Concerned, his mother Pam called the manufacturer of the drug, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and inquired about her son’s condition. A company representative told her that her son’s condition had ... Read More

Steroids used to prevent premature birth may cause behavior problems in children

Steroid injections given to prevent premature delivery in pregnant women at risk for early labor may put the baby at risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life, a new study suggests. Pregnant women at risk for premature birth are routinely given an infusion of glucocorticoids, a steroid that mimics the natural hormone cortisol. The drug is designed to help the baby’s lungs develop. However, new research shows that high levels of glucocorticoids may have a long-term adverse effect on the brain’s development. Previous studies have already made a connection between stress during pregnancy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in ... Read More

SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus

Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows. Women undergoing infertility treatments often battle depression. A study published in Medical News Today investigated depressed women undergoing infertility treatment and the risks to their fetuses while taking SSRIs. The new meta-analysis took a different approach than past studies, investigating the safety and efficacy of infertile women being treated with SSRIs. Researchers culled through studies and found that SSRI is associated with lowered ... Read More

Team of researchers says risks with SSRIs during pregnancy outweigh benefits

A team of researchers is recommending that women with past episodes of mild to moderate depression who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant not take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Prozac, because of risks to the unborn child. “There is no evidence of improved pregnancy outcomes with antidepressant use,” the researchers wrote in the journal Human Reproduction, adding that there are established downsides to using the drugs while pregnant such as an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and behavioral problems in newborns. The team of researchers from Boston IVF and Tufts ... Read More

Antidepressants during pregnancy may affect babies’ language comprehension

A new study suggests that babies born to women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy to treat depression may be better able to grasp and understand sights and sounds of language. However, previous studies have shown that the drugs can put babies at risk for serious birth defects, prematurity, learning difficulties, developmental delays, behavioral problems, and autism. The new study was conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute, and focused on babies born to pregnant women who suffered from depression. Some of the women took SSRIs, ... Read More

Should you take antidepressants while pregnant?

Feeling depressed when pregnant goes against the ultimate joy society tells us we should feel when carrying a child. But many pregnant women – including some with no prior history of the condition – will get the blues. Deciding whether to take medication to treat the symptoms of depression during pregnancy is a difficult one to face. When women become pregnant, the level of the female hormone progesterone dramatically increases. For some women, it can also increase the level of an enzyme that breaks down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, causing symptoms of depression. Numerous studies have estimated that ... Read More

Senator wants stronger warnings on drugs that can harm unborn babies

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the safety labels on prescription medication to clearly warn women of the dangers the drugs can cause to their unborn babies. Sen. Schumer’s driving motivation was to reduce the number of babies born addicted to painkillers and other opiates, which has nearly tripled in the past 10 years. A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that approximately 3.4 of every 1,000 babies born in 2009 was addicted to a painkiller. If the senator had his way, not ... Read More

Study links SSRI use during pregnancy to newborn microcephaly

Babies born to mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy were more likely to give birth to babies with smaller head size, according to a study recently published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The condition, known as microcephaly, puts children at risk for neurologic and cognitive problems. For the study, researchers at the Sophia Children’s Hospital and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, studied babies born to more than 7,500 pregnant women. Among them, 570 were depressed but were not taking medication, and 99 women were depressed and taking SSRIs. SSRIs – or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – are the ... Read More