Header graphic for print
Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices News & Commentary on Prescription Drug & Medical Device Lawsuits

Category Archives: Prozac Birth Defects

Subscribe to Prozac Birth Defects RSS Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome caused by Prozac SSRI

Posted in Prozac Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

Published in a 2000 edition of the Journal of Perinatology, Dr. Chandrakala Mohan and Dr. John Moore present a case review of an infant suffering from fluoxetine (Prozac®) intoxication at birth.  Prozac® is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that regulates levels of serotonin in the brain, since serotonin is… 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

Prozac can cause low birth weight

Posted in Prozac Birth Defects, SSRI Birth Defects

In 2003, a study by Dr. Victoria Hendrick et al. titled “Birth outcomes after prenatal exposure to antidepressant medication” was published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, aiming to evaluate the risk for congenital malformations in infants whose mothers used antidepressant medication during pregnancy. Using many different parameters and studying different antidepressant drugs… 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

Paxil, Prozac, and Elevated Risk for Heart Defects

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects

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

Spina Bifida Linked to SSRI Use

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

Spina Bifida (“myelomeningocele” being the most common form) is a birth defect in the larger class of “neural tube defects,” characterized by the malformation or underdevelopment of the neural tube in a developing infant before birth.  In spina bifida, “the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth”[1] as they normally would. PubMed Health,… Continue Reading

Increased Risk of Anal Atresia Associated with Maternal SSRI Use in Pregnancy

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

Anal atresia, or “imperforate anus,” is a congenital birth defect “in which the opening to the anus is missing or blocked.”[1]  PubMed Health, a prominent online medical encyclopedia curated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, states that anal atresia may manifest in several different ways: “The rectum may end in a blind pouch that… Continue Reading

Zoloft Linked to Omphalocele Birth Defect

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Omphalocele is a congenital birth defect in which the intestines or other abdominal organs stick out of the baby’s navel, and is considered a type of hernia.  Babies born with omphalocele are at a dramatically increased risk for intestinal infection,[1] and “death of intestinal tissue,”[2] both of which are very serious medical conditions that may… Continue Reading

Use of SSRIs during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of PPHN

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

A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine has investigated the connection between maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) such as Zoloft®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Celexa®, and Lexapro® during pregnancy and the development of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn.  This study, published by Helle Kieler et al. corroborates earlier research… Continue Reading

American Journal of Psychiatry Illustrates Danger of Antidepressant Use during Pregnancy

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

A study published in 2002 in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Gregory E. Simon, et al. goes great lengths to elucidate the danger of maternal use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy.  In this study, Simon gathered data from the Group Health Corporation, “a prepaid health plan serving approximately 400,000 members in Washington State.”[1]… Continue Reading

Study Shows Danger of SSRIs When Used During Pregnancy

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

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry set out to determine whether it was worse for a developing fetus to be exposed to antidepressant drugs during gestation or to be carried to term by a mother-to-be who suffered from depression during pregnancy.  This study, published by Dr. Tim F. Oberlander et al…. Continue Reading

Study Shows Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Leads to More Birth Defects

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

In 2010, a Danish study published in the medical journal Clinical Epidemiology set out to evaluate the danger posed to infants born to mothers who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a new class of antidepressant drugs including Zoloft®, Paxil®, and Prozac®) during early pregnancy. The study, published by Jette B. Kornum et al. compared… Continue Reading

Study Shows SSRI Use during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Birth Defects

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

Published in a 2011 edition of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a study by Dr. Heli Malm (et al.) evaluated the risk of birth defects for children born to mothers who used selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (a type of antidepressant medication) during pregnancy.  Drugs whose danger was evaluated included fluoxetine (Prozac®, Sarafem®, Fontex®, and others),… Continue Reading

Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A birth defect of the heart recently found to be associated with maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy,[1] pulmonary valve stenosis is characterized by a narrowing (stenosis) of the pulmonary valve of the heart, the valve which opens to allow blood to flow from the right ventricle to the lungs for oxygenation.[2] Specifically, pulmonary… Continue Reading

Transposition of the Great Arteries

Posted in Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Transposition of the Great Arteries is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect found to be associated with maternal use of Prozac® during pregnancy by medical researcher Diav-Citrin in a 2008 study titled “Paroxetine and fluoxetine in pregnancy: a prospective, multicentre, controlled, observational study,” published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Concerning persons suffering… Continue Reading

SSRI Use during Pregnancy Raises Risk of Serious Birth Defects

Posted in Generic Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

In a study published in a 2007 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Sura Alwan et al. evaluates the effect of maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications (SSRIs) during pregnancy on the likelihood of bearing children with congenital malformations.  The study, titled “Use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Pregnancy and the… Continue Reading