New study warns of antidepressant use during pregnancy

The study found that women who take Paxil and Prozac in the first trimester of pregnancy may be more at risk for having a baby with birth defects.

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(WTNH) A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that women who use certain antidepressants during pregnancy may be putting their babies at risk.

The study found that women who take Paxil and Prozac in the first trimester of pregnancy may be more at risk for having a baby with birth defects.

The CDC analyzed previous studies as well as new data from about 28,000 births and found a slight increase in birth defects in babies whose mothers took one of the drugs during their first trimester. Other antidepressants in the same drug class did not show an increased risk.

The CDC cautions the study does not mean that Paxil and Prozac cause birth defects and that one should never stop taking medication without consulting her doctor.

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