Thursday 20 September 2018

Pills now linked to birth defects risk

Taking certain antidepressants while pregnant has been associated with an increased risk of birth defects.

Researchers in the United States focused on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants.

The team said that while they found "reassuring evidence" for some SSRIs, some birth defects were up to three-and-a-half times more likely to occur in babies whose mothers took paroxetine or fluoxetine (Prozac).

However, the researchers said that the absolute risk for these birth defects still remains low.

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