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Antidepressants, SSR’s Pose High Risk of Birth Defects

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

As soon as a woman finding out she’s expecting, immediate changes take place. A woman now has another being to think about, and, as a result she is more likely to be cognizant of what she puts in her mouth simply because of the affect it will have on the development of her baby. This not only includes food and drink but also prescription drugs-like antidepressants. New studies show that babies exposed to particular antidepressants while in the womb were at a higher risk of specific birth defects.

Known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSR’s), the first antidepressants were conducted in the early 1950’s when various opiates commonly used at the time to treat depressant were discontinued due to their addictive tendencies.

Today, millions of people (almost 30 million according to the latest study conducted in 2005) take SSR’s. These types of drugs have become a lifesaver for many individuals suffering from depression. However, like any prescription drug, they do not come without side effects.
Prozac, Paxil and Wellbutrin Linked to Heart Defects

Teratology Information Service in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Finland, conducted a study and found that mothers taking the antidepressants Prozac or Paxil were at a higher risk of giving birth to babies with heart defects.

Another study conducted last year found that mothers who took Wellbutrin while pregnant more than doubled their risk of heart defects known as outflow tract defects.
Zoloft and Prozac Linked to Autism

Further, a recent study appearing in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that mothers taking Zoloft or Prozac have a higher risk of having children with autism or a similar syndrome. Specifically, the study shows that mothers who exposed their babies to antidepressants during the first trimester were four times more likely to develop a form of autism.

Considering millions of people are currently prescribed some form of antidepressant, it’s no wonder that the public including birth injury lawyers are concerned about these drugs and their risks to unborn babies and their expectant mothers.

Presently, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft remain the top prescribed antidepressant medications prescribed in the world.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/24/us-risks-antidepressants-pregnancy-idUSTRE75N3WO20110624

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