SSRIs during pregnancy associated with birth defects
May 5, 2011
Upon deciding to become pregnant, women have to make many health decisions that will affect both them and their babies. For example, women may have to decide whether a course of treatment through drugs is appropriate during pregnancy. Some questionable drug use during pregnancy now includes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Some medications have been deemed unsafe for consumption by pregnant women due to the risk for birth injuries. SSRIs such as Paxil have been found to increase the risk for birth injuries such as heart defects 1% above the regular risk, according to MyHealthNewsDaily.
However, authorities caution women against stopping or pursuing treatment with SSRIs during pregnancy without first consulting their doctors. Not enough evidence exists to note whether all pregnant women should avoid SSRI use due to the risk for birth injuries.