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Plain and simple: there is no safe drug. The side effects label is on a drug for a reason. Pharmaceuticals is a huge industry that helps millions of people each and everyday. Unfortunately, with those drugs can come unintended side effects. What’s important is that we identify those problems and try to fix them as fast as possible if we can.

Women taking antidepressants may raise their chances of having children with a birth defect. More specifically, Prozac and Paxil were found to be connected to birth defects according to a study published by BMJ, a medical journal.

Prozac and Paxil both considered serotonin repute inhibitors were singled out from other SSRI’s as being the only two linked to birth defects. Other SSRI’s such as Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro were found to have no links to birth defects.

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension was found as an increased risk for those who used antidepressants late in pregnancy. But, researchers say it may be even more harmful for pregnant women to stop taking them during pregnancy if they’re severely depressed. It’s important to consider the facts behind antidepressants. According to the CDC, about one in 10 Americans over age 12 take antidepressants, making them a very commonly prescribed drug.

A recent study was performed by U.S. and Canadian Researchers led by the CDC. The study examined past studies and combined them with information from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Researchers found defects in the heart wall and irregular skull shape were connected to fluoxetine. In addition, heart defects, brain and skull formation problems and abdominal wall-effects were connected to paroxetine. The CDC concluded having a child with a birth defect is a 3% chance. All in all, this is about making the best decision as a patient. People want to know what drug is going to serve them the best.

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