The antidepressants Prozac and Paxil are more likely to cause birth defects in babies born to women who use the drugs while pregnant than newer antidepressants in the same class, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal. Prozac and Paxil are in a class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Makers of these medications face thousands of lawsuits from women who claim they were not warned that using the drugs while pregnant could cause birth defects, including a lung defect known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), heart defects, ... Read More
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