Published in the August 2013 of PLoS One, a piece by medical researchers from Denmark titled “Prenatal antidepressant exposure and risk of spontaneous abortion – a population-based study.” lives up to its title and presents information regarding the rate for spontaneous abortion with prenatal exposure to antidepressants gathered via a large, retrospective study.
The team, led by M.I. Kjaersgaard, writes “From the Danish Medical Birth Registry and the Danish National Hospital Registry, we identified all pregnancies leading to in- or outpatient contacts in Denmark from February 1997 to December 2008. The Danish Registry of Medicinal Product Statistics provided information on the women’s prescriptions for antidepressants during pregnancy. We obtained information on women who were diagnosed with depression from the Danish Psychiatric Central Registry.”
In all, over five hundred thousand women were identified (over one million total pregnancies). Eleven percent of these pregnancies resulted in spontaneous abortion. Of some 22,000 women who used antidepressants (SSRIs) during pregnancy, 12% had spontaneous abortion, representing an increased risk for spontaneous abortion of 14% over non-use. Untreated depression did not raise the risk for spontaneous abortion.
Since so many women around the world have used antidepressants during pregnancy unaware of these and other risks, a number of SSRI birth defect lawsuits have been filed. If you or a loved one used SSRIs during pregnancy and had spontaneous abortion, bore a child with a congenital malformation, or who had an otherwise adverse birth outcome, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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