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can pregnant women take paxil (paroxetine)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Paxil (paroxetine): Being Category D pregnancy drug, it is not recommended.
Answered on May 31, 2017
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
33 years experience Family Medicine
Agree, one of the only SSRIs with this classification.
Mar 19, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Avoid Paxil: Use of Paxil has been associated with atrial and ventricular defects (heart). The risk is general population was about 1% but increased to 1.5 to 2 % (depending on study). REF: https://www.medicinenet.com/paxil_and_pregnancy_possibilty_of__birth_defect/views.htm . Cleft lip, cleft palate & club foot have also been associated with Paxil.
Answered on Jul 3, 2020

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