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Antidepressants prescribed for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome can be dangerous to fetuses

People who suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome are often prescribed antidepressants to treat their conditions even if they are not suffering from depression. Women who are prescribed the drugs should be aware of the potential side effects from the drugs especially if they are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or of childbearing age. The most commonly prescribed antidepressants are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These include the brand name drugs Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac. A large study published recently in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that antidepressant use during pregnancy ... Read More

Doctor warns of possible serious complications from antidepressant use during pregnancy

What if there were a virus affecting 5 percent of all pregnant women that caused significant pregnancy complications? More than 10 percent of those infected miscarry, as many as 20 percent deliver their babies preterm, and 30 percent of babies are born with birth defects, have difficulty breathing, or experience a seizure shortly after birth. “If this were to occur it would be considered a public health emergency and a tremendous effort would be put forth to address it,” writes Dr. Adam Urato, a maternal-fetal medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center and guest commentator on Common Health. “Yet, this epidemic ... Read More

Study: SSRIs can worsen depression, may cause host of side effects

Antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can make patients’ depression worse and can cause a host of unpleasant side effects, according to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology. SSRIs are the most prescribed antidepressant in the United States and include the brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac. They are designed to boost the level of serotonin – a “feel good” chemical – in the brain. Increasing serotonin levels can improve the symptoms of depression, but it may also cause digestive problems, sexual difficulties and even strokes and premature deaths in older adults, ... Read More

More research needed to determine birth defect risks with SSRIs, AEDs

A review of some of the most commonly used prescription drugs among pregnant women aims to raise awareness and bring more research to potential side effects that may harm developing fetuses. The review was published in a recent issue of the journal Obstetrician & Gynecologist. “Many pregnant women use prescription drugs. However, the risk to the fetus remains unknown,” said Alastair Sutcliffe, Reader in Child Health, ULC Institute of Child Health, and co-author of the study. The most common prescription drugs used among pregnant women include ones that treat hypertension, asthma, epilepsy and depression. For the study, researchers narrowed their ... Read More

SSRIs linked to weight gain, birth defects

Several drugs to treat mood disorders, including commonly prescribed antidepressants, have been linked to weight gain, according to a new study. Ryan Roux, chief pharmacy officer with the Harris County Hospital District in Houston, and his team of researchers compiled a list of medications that promote weight gain, are weight neutral or are associated with weight loss. A popular class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are among the drugs that can cause patients to pack on pounds, the study claims. SSRIs are one of the most prescribed drugs in the country. The “weight promoting” brands ... Read More

Study links SSRI use to dangerous pregnancy complication

Recent studies have shown that some types of antidepressants increase the risk for birth defects when mothers take them while pregnant. But new studies suggest that the medication may also cause problems with the pregnancy itself. The new study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that pregnant women who use antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a slightly higher risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure, a condition known as preeclampsia that can be harmful for both mother and the unborn child. SSRIs are among the most prescribed medications in the United States, and ... Read More

New iPad app helps identify best antidepressant for patients

A new iPad app can help doctors determine the best antidepressant to treat patients. The new Clinaptica Depression Consultant app was developed by Scaled Psychiatric Systems, Inc. It costs $4.95 at the App Store, and is designed to go beyond any previous system for people with depressive disorders to recommend antidepressant therapies specific to different patient characteristics. Arizona Physician Dr. Rakesh Patel has used an online version of the program since 2006 and says the treatment recommendations have been “spot on almost every time.” A multi-study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in 2009 showed that a sample ... Read More

Study links prematurity, reduced head size to SSRI use during pregnancy

Most doctors advise their patients with depression not to take antidepressants during pregnancy because the drugs may cause serious birth defects. However, a new study shows that not treating depression during pregnancy may cause poor birth outcomes as well. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, involved about 8,000 pregnant women in the Netherlands who were asked once each trimester about their depression symptoms and whether they used antidepressants. The antidepressants studied in the research involved a class of medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which includes brand names such as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa and ... Read More

SSRIs can cause weight gain, birth defects

Antidepressants may cause weight gain and are often prescribed to simulate appetite, according to a report by CBS 8 Health Day. Antidepressants that promote weight gain include Paxil (paroxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline). Wellbutrin (bupropion) and Prozac (fluoxetine) are considered weight-neutral or weight-loss drugs. All the drugs listed above are in a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These newer types of antidepressants are among the most prescribed medications in the United States. Typically, older antidepressants tend to cause more weight gain than the newer SSRIs, but the risk of weight gain is noted. Often it ... Read More

Legitimacy of PMDD considered in newest edition of DSM

Currently, doctors and psychiatrists are weighing the legitimacy of a condition known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) to determine if it deserves a listing in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychiatric Association’s bible for mental health professionals. A new edition of the DSM has not been issued since 1987, and in it PMDD is not considered an actual disorder but rather a condition in need of “further study.” Granting PMDD its own diagnosis in the DSM will almost certainly guarantee one thing – that drug companies will be clamoring to create a drug to ... Read More