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SSRI use during pregnancy increases risk of premature birth, birth defects

Commonly prescribed antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can cause birth defects if taken by the mother during pregnancy, a report in the United Kingdom’s Guardian Express warns. “Most mothers want to take the best care of themselves while they are pregnant, understandably. However, the pharmaceutical industry has other intentions for mothers-to-be,” Lucille Femine writes. “The powerful and profit-driven motives of the giant industry has raked in billions of dollars pushing dangerous drugs on pregnant women, taking full advantage of the common occurrence of depression during pregnancy.” Several studies have confirmed that SSRIs, known by the brand ... Read More

Pregnant women using SSRIs have double the risk of having a baby with heart defect

Using a common class of antidepressant while pregnant can double the risk of a child being born with heart defects, suggests a new study conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom. The research lends more weight to safety concerns over the use of antidepressants in pregnant women. The study focused on the most prescribed class of antidepressants – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Brand name SSRIs include Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro. Researchers say about two out of every 100 babies are born with a heart defect. However, if the mother is using an SSRI, the risk increases to ... 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

SSRIs may increase stroke risk

Taking the most common type of antidepressant can increase the risk of certain types of strokes, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. The new research builds on previous studies that linked use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to major bleeding, such as gastrointestinal bleeding. SSRIs include brand name drugs Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro and Prozac. SSRIs are thought to inhibit the clumping together of platelets, which could cause internal bleeding. The new study focused on antidepressant use and stroke. Canadian researchers analyzed 16 studies and found that of the combined 500,000 participants, those taking SSRIs were 51 ... 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