New concerns about antidepressants and pregnant women

October 31, 2012

For years, pregnant women who suffer from depression have been told it's safer for them and their unborn child to continue taking antidepressants during pregnancy.

Now a review of existing research is challenging that advice.

The report is in the journal Human Reproduction. It claims the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, while pregnant raise safety concerns. Those include an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, pregnancy complications and behavioral problems later in life.

But others are concerned this review does not address the risks of not treating women with severe depression, which can be equally important. They say, if the depression is severe, the benefits might outweigh the risks, so it's best to check with your psychiatrist or physician.

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