Antidepressants & Birth Defects

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Solid information on the risks of medications during pregnancy is often hard to come by. Article here.

If you’re taking an antidepressant and are of childbearing age this post is for you. I really don’t want anyone else to have to deal with the loss of their child, especially if it’s preventable.

“The analysis did find an association between birth defects and the antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac) or paroxetine (Paxil). That included heart defects, abdominal wall defects, and missing brain and skull defects with paroxetine, and heart wall defects and irregular skull shape with fluoxetine. The relative risk increased 2 to 3.5 times, depending on the defect and the medication.”

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