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

by Sheela Philomena on June 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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 Common Antidepressants Could Double Risk of Babies Being Born With Heart Defect

Popular antidepressants in early pregnancy could double the risk of babies being born with a heart defect, warns expert.

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.

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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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