Antidepressants’ Link to Birth Defects Small

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Yoga and Prozac have me feeling great!

From Seattle Times

Two new studies suggest that taking antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy may slightly increase the risk of some rare birth defects.

But the studies, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, found that the overall risks are quite small. And scientists cautioned women against stopping treatment, saying untreated depression can be even more of a danger to their offspring.

"Overall, our results are generally reassuring with respect to the use of antidepressants during pregnancy," said Jennita Reefhuis, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the study authors.

The studies were designed to find out if a class of drugs known as SSRIs (selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) posed a risk to developing fetuses early in pregnancy. They were prompted, in part, by a 2005 study suggesting that Paxil increased the rate of heart defects from about 1 percent to 2 percent. Other drugs in that class include Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa.

Tango’s Take
Maybe some women need a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor to even be able to stand their spouses enough to copulate for procreation purposes. Sure he’s got an important job at the bank and drives a Dodge Stratus, but this is an equal partnership. He can’t come home reeking of gin and expect a home-cooked meal on the table and a warm slice of heaven in his bed. “But this is how my parents did it” just isn’t going to cut it any more.
With post-partum as a real threat, maybe it makes sense to start early with the Zoloft, just in case. Let's hope that Tom Cruise doesn’t tell Matt Lauer that we’re idiots.

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