Friday, November 11, 2011

Anti – Depressant Drug During Pregnancy May Cause Birth Injury

It is common for mothers to experience pre – natal or post natal depression, that’s why they seek treatment and use anti-depressant drug to relieve them of their depressions. Far from their knowledge is that anti – depressant drugs could cause birth injury when taken during pregnancy.

The use of anti – depressant drug like Paxil and Zoloft may increase the risk of birth defects and other birth injuries when taken by a mother during pregnancy. Paxil and Zoloft are part of a type of anti – depressants identified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which have been connected into several studies to an increased risk of defects and birth injuries.

Researches conducted found out that the use of Paxil during pregnancy can increase the risk of heart defects to baby, like atrial septal defects (ASD), ventral septal defects (VSD), persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) and other birth defects. While the use of Zoloft can increase the risk of septal defects, ventricular outflow tract defects, PPHN, hypoplastic left syndrome (HLHS) and other types of birth defects.

Hundreds of mother whose children were born with birth defects and birth injuries caused by Zoloft, Paxil and other anti-depressant drugs during pregnancy have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these drugs.

Despite warnings and clear traces of defects and birth injuries caused by anti – depressant drugs, still there is no product recall released by the FDA as of present.

Mothers should take proper precautions before taking any drug during pregnancy. They should be responsible enough for their parenthood. They should not rely too much on FDA and other related agencies for notices since most of the time, they are the last one to be informed when something irregular occurs. Mother should be more vigilant in such matters.