SSRI Drugs

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, also known as SSRIs, work by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain.

Expecting mothers who took certain types of these SSRIs have been shown to have a greater likelihood of delivering a baby with birth defects – most of which are severe.

SSRIs are used to treat serious, continuing depression that interferes with a person’s ability to function. Like other antidepressant drugs, they help reduce the extreme sadness, hopelessness, and lack of interest in life that are typical in people with depression.

SSRI medications include:

  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)

In some instances, SSRIs have been shown to increase the chance of a certain defect by 600 percent.

Studies have indicated that the use of SSRI antidepressants, including Zoloft, during pregnancy can cause a significantly increased likelihood of severe birth defects.

Some of these birth defects include:

  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Omphalocele
  • Anal Atresia
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Heart birth defects
  • Club foot
  • Spina bifida
  • Brain damage
  • Improperly developed limb

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