SSRI Antidepressants Increase Risk of Birth Defects

A new study has verified that antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increase the risk for birth defects when taken by the mother during pregnancy. SSRIs and combination drugs containing an SSRI include brand names Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Fluvoxamine, and Symbyax. Unborn babies whose mothers take these drugs are at risk of serious birth defects including heart defects and persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).


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