WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects.
“Depression can be very serious, and women should not suddenly stop taking their medications. Women should talk to their health care providers about available options, ideally before planning a pregnancy,” said study author Jennita Reefhuis. She is an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Still,Reefhuis said, the study found that “some birth defects occur two to three times more frequently among babies born to mothers who took paroxetine [Paxil] and fluoxetine [Prozac] in early pregnancy.”
The findings also suggest that one antidepressant, Zoloft, may be safer than others. But experts said that could also be a statistical fluke. READ
The study appears in the July 8 issue of the journal The BMJ.