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Celexa, Lexapro birth defects lawsuits returned to state court

Fifteen lawsuits over birth defects in children born to women who took the antidepressants Celexa or Lexapro while pregnant were remanded to state court, a federal judge in Camden, N.J., ruled. Attorneys for the drugs’ maker Forest Laboratories unsuccessfully argued that federal jurisdiction was proper because there were questions about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) labeling of the drugs. Defendants’ claims that Forest Research Institute was fraudulently joined as a defendant were rejected as well. The 15 lawsuits are among 20 that were filed in state courts in New Jersey and removed to federal court by the drug companies. ... Read More

New black box warning for birth defects, infant death added to hypertension meds

Women of childbearing age using the hypertension drugs Hyzaar or Cozaar should be counseled about the consequences of using the medication if they become pregnant, and women who become pregnant while taking the drug should discontinue it as soon as possible due to new studies that show the drugs may put developing fetuses at risk for birth defects and death. Hyzaar (losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide) and Cozaar (losartan potassium) are drugs that work directly on the renin-angiotensin system, a hormone system in the body that regulates blood pressure and water or fluid balance. They are in a class of drugs known ... Read More

SSRI antidepressants taken before pregnancy could increase the risk of autism in babies

Many concerns have been raised about the serious effects some antidepressants can have on developing fetuses when taken by their mothers during pregnancy. A new study suggests that the drugs may cause problems for babies if taken by women before they became pregnant, even if they do not use the drugs once they conceive. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the country. These include brand names such as Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa and Prozac. Mounting studies show that babies born to women who take SSRIs while pregnant are at greater risk of serious ... Read More

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

SSRI Lexapro may help reduce stress-related heart injury

Emotional stress can cause a heart syndrome known as mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI), and nearly 75 percent of people with coronary heart disease are susceptible to the condition. A new study suggests a type of antidepressant can reduce this risk. MSIMI can reduce the amount of blood and oxygen that flow through the heart, keeping it from working at top capacity, which can increase the risk for heart attacks and death. It is unknown how emotional pressure affects MSIMI, but considering this link, scientists set out to see if taking the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, known as ... Read More

European regulators skeptical about new prescription diet pills

European drug regulators are leery about approving the new weight loss drug Belviq because of safety concerns, including heart valve problems and psychiatric side effects in patients, and tumors observed during studies on lab rats. Belviq is currently under review by an advisory panel for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is expected to make a recommendation for the EMA by March whether to approve the drug. Arena Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s maker, has been working with the agency to answer questions and clear up any matters that stand in the way of approval. But its chances may be slim. The ... Read More

SSRIs increase risk of birth defects but not stillbirth or infant death

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not increase the chances that the baby will die in utero or shortly after birth, a new study suggests. However, using the medication while pregnant does increase the likelihood that babies will be born with birth defects. The study is based on a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include the brand-name drugs Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro and Prozac. Researchers studied 1.6 million women who delivered singletons in Nordic countries from 1996 to 2007. Before accounting for risks that can potentially lead to stillbirth or infant death, researchers noticed a ... Read More

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

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

FDA approves two life-long prescription diet drugs

Two new medications are the first in 13 years to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term weight management. Marketed as Belviq and Qsymia, the prescription drugs are designed to be taken for the rest of a person’s life – along with a healthy lifestyle – for obese and overweight people who have been unsuccessful in getting their weight under control with diet and exercise. More than a third of adults in the United States are obese, and obesity contributes to a number of health conditions including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. “For ... Read More