Friday, May 29, 2009

Paxil May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

In a report from Health News, America's obstetrician group recommended that women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant not to use the Antidepressant Paxil. The drug was discovered recently, which increase the risk of birth defects and other antidepressants should be handled on a case by case basis.

The report was based on 2 independent studies. The first study was a 2% increase in risk of cardiac malformations in children born to mothers who took Paxil. The second study found that mothers who took Paxil increased the risk of birth defects of 1.5% in regular antidepressant. Most of these defects are related to the heart. Other reports conclude that Paxil and several other drugs that can cause withdrawal symptoms in newborns.

The article says: "ACOG has recognized that these problems must be balanced with another study showed that pregnant women who discontinue their antidepressant drugs are five times more likely to relapse into depression than women who continue with medication .

While taking antidepressants increase the Risk of Birth Defects, do not take the drug also causes problems which may be even more harmful to the fetus. Women who have abandoned the use of drugs are 5 times more likely to fall into depression compared to women taking the drug. This could lead to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and weight loss, which can be as harmful to the fetus.