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2012 – SSRIs associated with spontaneous abortion

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, Effexor Birth Defects, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

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

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, Effexor Birth Defects, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

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

2005 – Study finds Paxil associated with neonatal withdrawal syndrome

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There is an ongoing debate in the medical community whether or not selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have fetus damaging capabilities and can cause major congenital malformations for exposed offspring in utero.  There has been strong evidence that selective serotonin inhibitors have been associated with withdrawal symptoms.  A recent study published by researchers from University of… Continue Reading

2006 – Paxil associated with neonatal withdrawal syndrome

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Depression in pregnant women has been known to increase the likelihood of fetal malformations.  As such, antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed to pregnant women suffering from depression.  The effects of SSRI’s on fetal development has been studied extensively to see if the use of SSRI’s puts the fetus at risk… 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

2006 – “All SSRIs” carry risk for birth defects, particularly Paxil

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed to people suffering from depression.  This often includes pregnant women, due to the increased risk of complications when a pregnant mother is suffering from untreated depression.  Unfortunately, the medications prescribed to pregnant women with depression have also been associated with malformations of the fetus.  Many studies… Continue Reading

2013 – Paxil and other antidepressants are associated with increased risk for birth defects

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Many studies have been conducted to assess the risks of taking antidepressant medication during pregnancy.  Despite all the information collected, treatment of depression in pregnant women is still sub-optimal due to conflicting conclusions being reported in these studies. In order to resolve this apparent conflict of information, a study was conducted to combine and analyze… Continue Reading

2007 – Paxil shown to have birth defects link

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Antidepressants are commonly taken by women of childbearing age who suffer from depression.  Quite a bit of research has been conducted on the side effects of using such medication in pregnant women.  Researchers are primarily concerned with the teratogenic risk of such drugs.  (“Teratogenic” refers to malformations observed in the embryo or fetus.) One medication… Continue Reading

2007 – Paxil, SSRIs associated with risk for fetal malformations

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Paroxetine (marketed under the brand name “Paxil”) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly prescribed to treat women suffering from depression during pregnancy.  Many warnings have been issued against Paxil use during pregnancy as a result of conflicting findings associated with first trimester usage of paroxetine.  These findings focus on the teratogenic risks of… Continue Reading

2010 – Paxil associated with a number of dangerous birth defects

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are serious medications that help with depression and anxiety disorders.  These disorders are the most prevalent mental health disorders in the United States and it is estimated that over 40 million Americans suffer from some type of mental health problems.  Medications can affect each individual differently.  Biological factors, such as… Continue Reading

2007 – Paxil associated with serious birth defects

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Depression and anxiety plague over 40 million Americans in the United States, leading these to be the most common mental illness in America.  There are some risks associated with all medications, and some studies suggest that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) have the ability to cause harm or damage to a developing fetus or… Continue Reading

Paxil, other SSRIs found to have link to birth defects

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RL David, from the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative, in Seattle, WA, conducted a study called “Risks of Congenital Malformations and Perinatal Events Amoung Infants Exposed to Antidepressant Medications During Pregnancy”.  The purpose of this study was to determine the risks involved with perinatal complications and congenital defects among offspring exposed to antidepressants… Continue Reading

Paxil found to be associated with birth defects

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are compounds used as antidepressants.  They are used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and some personality disorders.  SSRIs are psychotropic drugs discovered through a process the medical world calls rational drug design.  The basics of rational drug design are finding molecules that affect specific biological targets.    Psychotropic drugs… Continue Reading

Study Shows: Paxil Associated with Increased Risk for PPHN

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In 2009, Marco Tuccori, PharroD, et al. published a report titled “Safety Concerns Associated With the Use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Other Serotonergic/Noradrenergic Antidepressants During Pregnancy: A Review” in Clinical Therapeutics that establishes reason to believe certain SSRI medications are unsafe for a developing fetus. Once proper consent was obtained, the Tuccori et al…. Continue Reading

Effexor, Paxil Associated with Fetal Heart Malformation

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A 2007 review published in Pharmacotherapy analyzed the effects of several common antidepressant medications during pregnancy and concluded that “Third-trimester exposure to newer antidepressants, including SSRIs and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (e.g., venlafaxine), has been associated with a poor neonatal adaptation syndrome. In addition, SSRI use may be associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary… Continue Reading

1997 – Paxil Causes Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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Published in a 1997 edition of The British Journal of Psychiatry by the medical researchers M.L. Dahl et al., a letter to the editor titled “Paroxetine withdrawal syndrome in a neonate” aimed to describe and characterize neonatal withdrawal from Paxil® addiction through exposure to the drug during gestation. This letter describes a case report, a… Continue Reading

Paxil Linked to Birth Defects

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In 2007, medical researchers J. Alexander Cole et al. published a report on the increased likelihood of congenital malformations in infants whose mothers used Paxil® (paroxetine) during pregnancy and found some startling results. This study, titled “Paroxetine in the first trimester and the prevalence of congenital malformations,” published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety,… Continue Reading

Paxil, Prozac, Celexa Linked to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Posted in Celexa Birth Defects, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

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

Paxil Tied to Birth Defects

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In 2006, a research study by Bérard et al., a Canadian research team, titled “First Trimester Exposure to Paroxetine and Risk of Cardiac Malformations in Infants: The Importance of Dosage” was published in Birth Defects Research (Part B) that made several important conclusions about the safety of Paxil® use during pregnancy. In 1,403 infant-mother pairs… Continue Reading

2005 – Research Shows Paxil, Prozac Triple Risk for Neonatal Behavioral Syndrome

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Published in a 2005 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study by Dr. Eydie L. Moses-Kolko et al., titled “Neonatal Signs After Late In Utero Exposure to Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors,” reviews the danger posed to infants whose mothers used serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), a new type of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication…. Continue Reading

2006 – Children Suffer SSRI Withdrawal Symptoms After Birth

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In 2006, a study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Rachel Levinston-Castiel et al aimed to evaluate whether or not children exposed to selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants before birth would exhibit symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition had by infants that became addicted to drugs or medications used by… Continue Reading

Paxil, Prozac, and Elevated Risk for Heart Defects

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Because depression is so common during pregnancy, “ranging between 7% and 19% in developed countries,”[1] a great deal of research is currently being published with regard to the safety of using antidepressant medications during pregnancy.  Recently, a number of birth defects have been associated with maternal use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) during pregnancy,… Continue Reading

Zoloft, Paxil, other SSRIs May Cause Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A 2006 study from Denmark, published in the medical journal Epidemiology, has evaluated the risk for birth defects and other neonatal complications that results from maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy.  “SSRI” stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and represents a new class of antidepressant drugs that change levels of serotonin in the brain. … Continue Reading