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SSRI Antidepressants and Birth Defects

In 2005, the FDA warned that SSRI antidepressant/anxiety drugs including brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Fluvoxamine and Symbyax) were linked to a higher risk of birth defects. Unborn babies whose mothers take these drugs are at risk of serious birth defects including heart defects and persistent hyper-tension.

Between 20% and 30% of newborns exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) towards the end of gestation have disorders such as agitation, abnormal muscle tone and suction, seizures and hyponatraemia. Worrisome data concerning a possible teratogenic effect were published in late 2005.

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