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Prozac, Pazil, Zoloft, Celexa linked to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

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Titled “Further findings linking SSRIs during pregnancy and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn: clinical implications.”, this article appearing in the October, 2012 edition of CNS Drugs by M. Galbally et al., identifies persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) as a potential consequence of SSRI exposure before birth. Galbally et al. (2012) writes “Persistent… Continue Reading

2009 – More research links SSRIs with birth defects: heart defects, adverse birth outcomes

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In 2009, S. Alwan and J.M. Friedman, a research duo from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, published a study titled “Safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy.” in CNS Drugs that provided important insight into the link between gestational exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft)… Continue Reading

2009 – Research shows SSRIs cross placenta

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Published in May, 2009 in Pharmacopsychiatry by a team of Australian researchers led by J. Rampono, an article titled “Placental transfer of SSRI and SNRI antidepressants and effects on the neonate.” provides further evidence that drugs such as Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and others may cross the placenta and affect a developing fetus…. Continue Reading

Three more studies link Celexa, SSRIs to adverse birth outcomes

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Over the past several decades, a number of studies have linked Celexa exposure and birth defects.  This morning, I found several more, some of which are summarized below.  For more articles demonstrating the connection between birth defects and Celexa, follow the preceding link. In a 2013 edition of Fetal and Pediatric Pathology, an article by… Continue Reading

2006 – Developmental problems linked to Celexa exposure in pregnancy

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In a 2006 edition of Neuropsychopharmacology, an article by D. Maciag et al. titled “Neonatal antidepressant exposure has lasting effects on behavior and serotonin circuitry.” provides important insight into the risks of neonatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs before birth. The team writes “A significant fraction of infants born to mothers taking selective… Continue Reading

2011 – Study links exposure to Celexa, other SSRIs to birth defects

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In 2011, a team of medical researchers from Australia led by L. Colvin, published a study titled “Dispensing patterns and pregnancy outcomes for women dispensed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy.” in Birth Defects Research, providing further evidence of a link between prenatal exposure to SSRI drugs and birth defects.  For clarity, “SSRIs” stands for… Continue Reading

2012 – SSRIs associated with spontaneous abortion

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Studies have shown that women suffering from depression during pregnancy can put the child at risk of developing malformations.  As such, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most commonly prescribed to the mother to avoid such complications.  Unfortunately, using these drugs during pregnancy may also put the child at risk of malformations.  To date, the… Continue Reading

2006 – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Seen in Children Exposed to SSRIs in Pregnancy

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The objective of a study titled “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome After in Utero Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors in Term Infants”, written by researchers from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, led by R. Levinson-Castiel was to determine the prevalence and clinical characteristics of neonatal abstinence syndrome in neonates… Continue Reading

Maternal use of Effexor, other SSRIs may result in neonatal abstinence syndrome

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A study conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Subiaco, Australia, titled “Placental Transfer of SSRI and SNRI Antidepressants and Effects On The Neonate”, investigated placental transfer and neurobehavioural effects in neonates exposed to venlafaxine (Effexor), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine, fluoxetine (Prozac), escitalopram, and citalopram (Celexa).  The neonates… Continue Reading

2011 – Research links use of Celexa, other SSRIs and childhood autism

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A team of medical researchers led by F. Rodriguez-Porcel (2011), from the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, conducted a study titled “Neonatal Exposure of Rats to Antidepressants Affects Behavioral Reactions to Novelty and Social Interactions in a Manner Analogous to Autistic Spectrum Disroders”, where it… Continue Reading

2004 – Doctors Avoid SSRIs in Pregnant Women

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The objective of a study published by researchers from the OMNI Research Group within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Ottawa, in Ottawa ON, titled “The Use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Pregnancy”, was to update literature on the safety of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy. For this… Continue Reading

Celexa associated with negative birth outcomes

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Long term spatial and egocentric learning and memory deficits and serotonin reductions were shown to be connected with the use of methylenedioxymethamphetamine.  5-HT is a neurotrophic factor that may influence neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, and target field-  organization during brain development.  The objective of a study done by the  Division of Child Neurology, Department of Pediatrics at… Continue Reading

2012: Celexa sister drug associated with negative birth outcomes

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Serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Escitalopram are prescribed for depression and anxiety.  Over 40 million Americans suffer from depression or anxiety, leading these to be the most common mental illness in the United States today.  The Department of Motherisk Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, conducted a study titled “Pregnancy Outcomes Following… Continue Reading

Paxil, Prozac, Celexa Linked to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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In 2001, a research paper from a team based in Norway, headed by H. Nordeng, presented the results of a study titled “Neonatal withdrawal syndrome after in utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [(SSRIs)],” the main conclusion of which was that “Neonatal withdrawal syndrome can occur after third trimester in utero SSRI exposure.”[1] This… Continue Reading

Celexa During Pregnancy and Birth Defects

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Celexa® (citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), one in a new class of antidepressant drugs.  These medications aim to influence (and raise) levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a molecule that relays “messages” between brain cells, or neurons.  When a neuron fires, neurotransmitters like serotonin are… Continue Reading

Limb Reduction Defects Linked to Zoloft, Celexa

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Limb reduction deficits are congenital (from birth) malformations of the newborn’s body in which one or more of the limbs does not fully develop, either partially or fully, before birth.[1]  The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the general population, about 4 babies in every 10,000 are born born with… Continue Reading