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Antidepressants Linked to Birth Defects

Hot off the heals of Wednesday's post linking antidepressants to brain bleeding, this new study found a risk for birth defects in women taking two types of antidepressants, confirming earlier reports.

Specifically, the study of nearly 28,000 women confirmed birth defects associated with fluoxetine and paroxetine. On a positive note, most other antidepressants were not linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

However, with the two drugs linked to birth defects listed above, there was a 2 to 3.5 times more frequent birth defects among infants of women taking the drugs early in pregnancy. Even though the authors suggest that the absolute risk is low, is this a risk any mother wants to take?!

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Source: Specific SSRIs and birth defects: bayesian analysis to interpret new data in the context of previous reports

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