A 2013 article by J.N. Lind et al. published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety titled “Maternal medication and herbal use and risk for hypospadias: data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2007.” made links between Effexor and birth defects, and between Clomid and birth defects.
Using “data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, a multi-site, population-based, case-control study,” the team studied over 1,500 newborns with hypospadias and compared them with information about 4,300 infants without the birth defect. For clarity, hypospadias is a birth defect wherein the urethra of a male infant is on the underside of the penis.
Studying 64 different drugs mothers had used, and 24 additional herbal components, the team found that this birth defect was associated with the antidepressant Effexor and the fertility drug Clomid. Children born to mothers who used Effexor were 2.4 times as likely to suffer hypospadias, and children born to mothers who used Clomid were 1.9 times as likely to suffer the birth defect.
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