Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors SSRI’s and Pregnancy

SSRI's | Pregnancy and PrescriptionsTaking SSRI’s during pregnancy has been associated with congenital anomalies, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of a newborn child.

But, does taking a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) such as Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft during pregnancy increase the risk of stillbirth or death of  an infant?

According to a  recent study by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) women who take certain antidepressants while pregnant do not raise the risk of a stillbirth or death of their infant.

The study followed women from – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden from 1996 through 2007 and included women with singleton births.  A total of 1,633,877 births were studied.  Out of the births, 6054 were stillbirths, 3609 were neonatal deaths, and 1578 were post-neonatal deaths.  A total of 29,228 of the mothers had filled prescriptions for SSRI’s during pregnancy.  Women who were taking SSRI’s presented with higher rates of stillbirths and post-neonatal deaths than those who did not.  The rate of neonatal death was similar between the groups.  However, in multi-variable models, SSRI’s were not associated with stillbirths, neonatal deaths, or post-neonatal deaths.  In conclusion, the study showed that among women with singleton births no significant association was found between the use of SSRI’s during pregnancy and risk of stillbirth, neonatal mortality, or post-neonatal mortality.

To read the full report click here.

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