In 2006, a team of Spanish medical researchers published a report titled “[Neonatal withdrawal syndrome to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: case report and literature review].” in Revista de Neurologica, wherein a child who suffered SSRI withdrawal symptoms after birth is presented along with a review of relevant literature. “SSRI” stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in mood regulation, appetite, and sleep, as well as prenatal development – particularly heart development. Drugs that alter levels of serotonin in a developing baby’s body have been shown to interfere with cardiovascular development.
For background, the team writes “A SSRI-related neonatal syndrome has been described secondary to withdrawal in infants exposed to these drugs during the last trimester of pregnancy.”
“An infant whose mother received treatment with paroxetine (20 mg/kg/day) during the third trimester was born prematurely and presented withdrawal symptoms within few days after birth. Symptoms were irritability with constant crying, shivering, increased muscle tone, coreiform movements and feeding problems.” Thankfully, after about two weeks, symptoms resolved and the child recovered. For clarity, “paroxetine” is the chemical name for Paxil.
Concluding, the team writes “In utero exposure to SSRIs during the last trimester through delivery may result in a self-limited neonatal behavioural syndrome that can be managed with supportive care. Its increasing incidence in neonates may be due to a greater frequency of its gestational use. All these neonates should be followed-up closely looking forward withdrawal symptoms in the first days of life.”
Because many women have used SSRIs such as Paxil unaware of the risks for perinatal complications and birth defects, a number of Paxil® birth defect lawsuits have been filed.
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