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Systematic review of studies finds numerous problems with SSRI use during pregnancy

Women who took antidepressants while pregnant were more likely to miscarry, deliver prematurely, and to give birth to babies with developmental and health problems, according to a new systematic review of studies. The review focused on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the United States. Brand names include Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac. Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Waltham, Mass., noted that women who took SSRIs while pregnant were more likely to deliver their babies preterm. They were also more likely to develop high blood pressure that can lead to pre-eclampsia, ... Read More

Studies reveal risks, help women make informed decisions about taking SSRIs during pregnancy

Janice Price, 37, is waiting for answers. The 37-year-old woman has wanted to start a family with her husband for at least two years. But she is taking an antidepressant and worries about studies that have linked antidepressant use during pregnancy to problems for both the expectant mother and her unborn child. Recent studies have shown that pregnant women who take a common type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure that can lead to pre-eclampsia, a condition that can be life threatening to both mother and the fetus. ... 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

Mother’s high blood pressure may lead to lower IQ in children

Children born to mothers who had high blood pressure while pregnant may be more likely to have a lower IQ later in life, according to new research. The findings resulted from a research project designed to look into what causes aging-related disorders and lower cognitive function in low birth weight newborns. Environmental factors during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight, and a risk factor of hypertension in women is low birth weight newborns, researchers say. High blood pressure during pregnancy can lead to a condition known as pre-eclampsia, which can be life threatening to both mother and her unborn child. The only ... Read More

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

Could your antidepressant be doing more harm than good?

Depression is a condition that goes beyond “the blues,” and some statistics show that as many as 10 percent of adults in the United States will experience depressive symptoms at some point in their lives. Symptoms can include sleeping disorders, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, and disinterest in activities. Often, health care providers prescribe antidepressants to ease symptoms of depression. The most commonly prescribed antidepressants are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. They include brand names such as Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa and Prozac. While antidepressants serve an important purpose in the well being of millions ... Read More

High blood pressure linked to SSRI use during pregnancy

Studies have revealed how dangerous antidepressants can be to fetuses exposed to the medication in utero, but there has been little research into how the drugs affect the mother’s health. A new study, published in The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, shows that antidepressant use during pregnancy may also put the mother’s health at risk. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most prescribed class of antidepressants in the country and include the brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexparo and Prozac. Recent studies have shown using the drugs while pregnant increases a woman’s chance of delivering a baby with ... 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