Are Antidepressants Safe for Pregnant Woman?
It is a common belief in the medical field that depression can be very dangerous for a pregnant mother and her unborn child. This is why many doctors prescribe antidepressants to their pregnant patients.
However, a growing number of experts are refuting this belief held by many doctors. One expert said that there are no studies showing healthier babies being born from mothers who take SSRIs.
According to The New York Times, numerous studies show that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants are linked to prenatal exposure that can cause “birth defects, complications after birth and even developmental delays and autism.”
What Are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors?
SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. According to the Mayo Clinic, “SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.” This changes the balance of serotonin, which can help with a person’s mood.
Unlike other antidepressants, SSRIs are selective, because they primarily affect serotonin levels.
Although some believe SSRIs are relatively safe, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued numerous warnings on birth defects associated with the use of this type of antidepressant during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, there are many SSRI drugs on the market, and you and your child may be the victim of its side effects. To learn more about the association of SSRIs and birth defects, please visit our website. If you would like to talk with an attorney concerning your case, call (888)841-9623 for a free consultation.
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ZK Law Note: According to the New York Times, up to 14 percent of pregnant women take antidepressants.