Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Anti-Depressants and Pregnancy

Women who take anti-depressants during the last three months of their pregnancy risked their babies suffering from serious respiratory problems and possible seizures. Jitteriness, irritability and feeding problems were other less severe problems encountered.

The new malady is known as neonatal behavioural syndrome, or withdrawal syndrome. Babies who are exposed to anti-depressants late in the pregnancy are twice as likely to end up as hospital admissions.

The report published 18th May by the Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that at least 80,000 women take anti-depressants during their pregnancy.

The anti-depressants most related to the complications are Prozac and Paxil. Complications from Zoloft, Celexa and Effexor were less frequent but still significant.

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