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On ssri while pregnant? Now scared by ads on tv about birth defects.
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Continue your meds
With the exception of Paxil (paroxetine) the medication is usually continued.
The risks of depression during pregnancy are felt to be greater than the medications. There are reports of an increased incidence of congenital anomalies with ssri's, but the risks of depression may be worse. Paroxetine carries a much more significant risk. Another ssri or antidepressant should be used if possible.

In brief: Continue your meds
With the exception of Paxil (paroxetine) the medication is usually continued.
The risks of depression during pregnancy are felt to be greater than the medications. There are reports of an increased incidence of congenital anomalies with ssri's, but the risks of depression may be worse. Paroxetine carries a much more significant risk. Another ssri or antidepressant should be used if possible.
Dr. Stephen Sudler
Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bad things can
Happen even if you do everything right! talk to your doctor about your concerns.

In brief: Bad things can
Happen even if you do everything right! talk to your doctor about your concerns.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: SSRIs in pregnancy
Selective seritonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris - paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, prozac, etc) have been implicated with newborn pulmonary hypertension & now any cardiac abnormalities.
We've used these medications successfully in pregnancy without problems. Better to discuss with your ob, recommend continuing if needed & as always with the lowest effective dose. Your doc will probably recommend a fetal echo.

In brief: SSRIs in pregnancy
Selective seritonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris - paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, prozac, etc) have been implicated with newborn pulmonary hypertension & now any cardiac abnormalities.
We've used these medications successfully in pregnancy without problems. Better to discuss with your ob, recommend continuing if needed & as always with the lowest effective dose. Your doc will probably recommend a fetal echo.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano
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