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On ssri while pregnant? Now scared by ads on tv about birth defects.

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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
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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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