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FDA warns of hidden drug ingredients in Queen Slimming diet pills

Consumers should not purchase or use Queen Slimming Soft Gels, an herbal supplement marketed as a diet pill, because the product contains hidden drug ingredients that can be harmful to some individual, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The product was identified by the agency during an examination of international mail shipments. A laboratory analysis confirmed that Queen Slimming Soft Gels contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was banned from the market in October 2010 after it was linked to adverse cardiovascular effects in some consumers. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some ... Read More

SSRIs during pregnancy linked to dyslexia, speech disorders

Children born to women who took a class of antidepressants while pregnant are at greater risk of having a language disorder, such as dyslexia, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The risk is relatively low, explained Dr. Alan Brown, lead author of the study and professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Children whose mothers did not take an antidepressant while pregnant have about a 1 percent risk of being diagnosed with a speech or language disorder compared to 1.37 of children who were born to mothers who did take the drugs. But the ... Read More

Antidepressants linked to first-time micro brain bleeds

People who take antidepressants are at an increased risk of developing small, first-time brain bleeds, called cerebral microbleeds, according to a new longitudinal study published in the journal Stroke. Cerebral microbleeds are generally associated with aging, dementia, and cerebrovascular disease. They may predict future brain hemorrhage risk, and may contribute to cognitive impairment, dementia and depression. Researchers noted that the associations were similar for different categories of antidepressants users, and persisted even after adjusting for depressive symptoms and cardiovacsluar risk. For the new study, researchers evaluated 2,550 people age 45 years and older who did not have a history of ... Read More

Babies exposed to antidepressants in utero at greater risk of autism

Women who used a popular type of antidepressant during the second or third trimester of pregnancy were more than twice as likely to give birth to a child who developed autism, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The report is the latest in a string of concerning studies that antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can adversely affect developing fetuses. Previous studies have linked SSRI use in pregnant women to miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, and behavioral problems. SSRIs include the brand names Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa. For the latest study, researchers analyzed data ... Read More

Preeclampsia linked to increased risk of infant heart defects

Babies born to women with a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia are at greater risk of having a heart defect, a new study shows. Preeclampsia is a characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, generally the kidneys, in women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant. The condition can be life threatening to both the mother and the infant, and the only cure is delivery of the baby. This can result in premature birth, which can result in various complications for the newborn. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital ... Read More

Judge refuses to dismiss Prozac birth defects lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a woman who claims taking Eli Lilly & Co.’s antidepressant Prozac during pregnancy caused her child to be born with a heart defect will move forward after an Alabama federal court refused the drug company’s motion to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins found that the plaintiff, Dana Fields, had a genuine dispute against Eli Lilly, and that she could show factual causation that her doctor would not have prescribed the drug to her had he known the risks, even though the doctor is now deceased. Fields claims that in 1996 she took Prozac ... Read More

SSRIs linked to bone fractures in menopausal, postmenopausal women

Menopausal women who take a class of commonly prescribed antidepressants are more likely to break a bone compared to women who did not take the drugs, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Menopause can cause a host of symptoms from hot flashes and mood changes including depression. They are also prone to osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle to the point that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. To treat mood symptoms associated with menopause, some doctors have turned to a ... Read More

Study links antidepressant use during pregnancy to serious birth defect

Pregnant women who take antidepressants had a small but statistically significant increased risk of their babies being born with a life threatening lung defect called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN, according to a new population-based study. PPHN is a condition in which a newborn baby’s circulation changes back to the circulation of a fetus, where much of the blood flow bypasses the lungs. When blood is shunted away from the baby’s lungs, it is difficult for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, resulting in low blood oxygen levels. This can be serious and cause organ ... Read More

Prolonged use of Tylenol during pregnancy linked to birth defects in male babies

Tylenol and other medicines containing acetaminophen have long been considered a safe painkiller for pregnant women, but a new study from the University of Edinburth has found that prolonged use of acetaminophen – also known as paracetamol – during pregnancy can drive down testosterone levels in those taking the medicine leading to reproductive disorders in male babies. Researchers gave laboratory mice three doses of acetaminophen every day for a week, and found that the mince given acetaminophen had a 45 percent reduction in testosterone compared to mice who were not given the medicine. Testosterone is produced in the testicles and serves ... Read More

First federal Zoloft birth defects trial scheduled for January 2016

Five cases in an ongoing federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging Pfizer’s antidepressant Zoloft caused heart defects in children born to women who took the drugs during pregnancy have been selected to go to trial, with the first scheduled to begin in January 2016. The first trial is that of plaintiff Deidra Long, who filed her lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court in May 2012. She claims that her son, Hudson Long, was born in January 2008 with congenital birth defects as a result of exposure to Zoloft while in utero. Since his birth, the boy has suffered serious birth defects including ... Read More