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SSRIs linked to late premature birth

In the 1990s, when antidepressant use began its journey as one of the most prescribed medications in the United States, the question was raised whether pregnant women should use the drugs. Medications can have detrimental effects on developing fetuses, but since the popular new line of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were so new, there were no studies to show what the effects would be on babies who were exposed in utero. The general consensus at the time was that an unmedicated, depressed mother was more dangerous to her baby than the potential danger the drugs posed ... Read More

Women file birth defect lawsuits against SSRI makers

Attorneys are taking up the fight against pharmaceutical companies for women who say the antidepressants they were taking while pregnant caused their babies to be born with serious birth defects. The women claim that the drug companies knew the medications could cause problems with developing fetuses but failed to disclose the information. The medications the women took were in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. They are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States, and include brand names such as Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, and Prozac. The drugs are used to treat ... Read More

SSRIs during pregnancy can be dangerous for both mother and baby

A new study adds more weight to the argument that antidepressants should not be used during pregnancy unless the health and well-being of the mother is in jeopardy. Studies have already shown that using a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy puts the fetus at risk for birth defects of the heart and lungs. But a new study, conducted by researchers at CHE Ste-Justine’s Research Center in Canada, shows that the drugs can also increase the mother’s blood pressure, which can lead to a serious condition known as pre-eclampsia that can be deadly for ... Read More

Study links SSRI use to dangerous pregnancy complication

Recent studies have shown that some types of antidepressants increase the risk for birth defects when mothers take them while pregnant. But new studies suggest that the medication may also cause problems with the pregnancy itself. The new study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that pregnant women who use antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a slightly higher risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure, a condition known as preeclampsia that can be harmful for both mother and the unborn child. SSRIs are among the most prescribed medications in the United States, and ... Read More

Do drug companies protect profits by unethical means?

Sometimes it is hard to know whom you can trust. But trust is of the utmost importance when it involves human life. Unfortunately, drug companies are apparently demonstrating they are more interested in profits than in protecting the consumers who use their products. One troubling example is the antidepressant Paxil. The drug is in a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which are among the most prescribed medications in the United States. The drug was listed as a Category C pregnancy medication, meaning there was no evidence to show whether the drug was dangerous to developing ... Read More

Parents file birth defect lawsuit against Zoloft

A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against the makers of Zoloft alleging the antidepressant caused their children severe birth defects. The lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Pfizer Inc. According to the nine-count complaint, all female plaintiffs were prescribed Zoloft while they were pregnant and all children from these pregnancies were born with major medical defects, including heart defects. The plaintiffs allege Pfizer was aware the drugs could cause serious problems to developing fetuses but covered up the evidence. Zoloft is in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. ... Read More

SSRI exposure late in pregnancy increases risk for PPHN

The risk of a fetus developing a rare but life threatening lung defect is relatively low. But if a mother takes a common class of antidepressant medication late in her pregnancy, the risk for her baby to develop the condition doubles, according to a Swedish study. The study, recently published in the British Medical Journal, looked at the rate of persistent pulmonary hypertension, or PPHN, in babies born to women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during pregnancy. PPHN is a condition with high blood pressure in the lungs that leads to difficulties in breathing and can increase ... Read More

Study: SSRI use during pregnancy increases risk of autism

Pregnant women who take a class of antidepressants may be putting their unborn children at risk for autism, a new study suggests. The antidepressants involved in the study are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include brands such as Paxil, Prozac, Celexa and Zoloft. Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. The incidence of autism has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, from 4 in 10,000 children to 40 in 10,000. SSRIs are used to treat depression, anxiety disorder, and some ... Read More