Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants
Certain popular antidepressants taken by pregnant women have been linked to birth defects in children. Zoloft, Wellbutrin, and Paxil are the drugs that have been found to have a link to birth defects.
The link between these antidepressant drugs and birth defects has been circulating since 2005. That same year, the US FDA issued a Public Health Advisory concerning the link. The two studies which formed the basis for the Advisory concluded that Paxil users had a greater risk of delivering babies with cardiac problems.
iThe birth defects include cardiac, pulmonary, neural-tube defects (brain and spinal cord), craniosynostosis (abnormally shaped skull) infant omphalocele (abdominal wall defects), club foot (one or both feet turn downward and inward), and anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus).
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