Common Antidepressants Could Double Risk of Babies Being Born With Heart Defect

by Sheela Philomena on  June 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM Drug News
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Popular antidepressants in early pregnancy could double the risk of babies being born with a heart defect, warns expert.
 Common Antidepressants Could Double Risk of Babies Being Born With Heart Defect
Common Antidepressants Could Double Risk of Babies Being Born With Heart Defect

Professor Stephen Pilling of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), said that evidence suggests that there is a risk associated with the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the BBC reported.

He said that a lot of effort is put in to dissuade women from smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy, however, its not the same with antidepressant medication, which may be carrying similar - if not greater - risks.

Pilling said that the guidance is now going be re-written to take in to account evidence that the SSRI antidepressants, as a group, are associated to heart defects in babies.

He asserted that the risk of a child being born with a heart defect is around two in 100; but the new evidence shows that if the mother took an SSRI during early pregnancy the risk raises to around four in 100.

Source: ANI

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