Professor Steven Pilling, a member of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urged mothers struggling with mild to moderate depression to avoid taking medications that contain selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Studies suggest that pregnant women risk birth defects in their children by taking SSRI medications during pregnancy. A Danish study concluded with “high confidence” that “a relationship between exposure to an SSRI during the first trimester and risk of congenital malformations of the heart” exists. Most well-known antidepressants contain SSRIs, including:
Health Expert Compares SSRI Use While Pregnant to Drinking and Smoking
Pilling said it was time that we address these concerns with the same urgency as other pregnancy risks.
“We make quite a lot of effort really to discourage women from smoking or drinking even small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy, and yet we’re perhaps not yet saying the same thing about antidepressant medication, which is going to be carrying similar –if not great – risks,” Pilling said. He indicated that spreading awareness of SSRI birth defect risks would be a high priority for NICE in the near future.
We agree that the evidence strongly suggests that SSRIs are dangerous for pregnant women. If you took one of these drugs and your child was born with birth defects, or if you suffered from a different SSRI side effect, ask our class action attorneys about your next steps.
Did You Know: According to the CDC, 11 percent of Americans over age 12 take some form of antidepressant.
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