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Antidepressants and pregnancy

In a study I did with over 1,000 women with PCOS who visited my website, over 85% described symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, conditions commonly treated with antidepressants. Therefore, any information I find regarding these medications and their effect on pregnancy is crucial to share.

In the study referenced in this post, over a period of almost 10 years, a total of 1,780 women who experienced 1,835 pregnancies over this time while also receiving either paroxetine (Paxil) or a combination of Paxil and at least one other antidepressants, during the first trimester of pregnancy. These women were compared to 9,008 women experiencing 9,134 pregnancies while on other antidepressants and antidepressant combinations that did not include paroxetine, in the first trimester of pregnancy, over the same period of time. The researchers report that there is a modest increased risk of congenital malformation (birth defects) in women who use paroxetine alone or in combination therapy during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Bottom line? Since often times you don't even know you're pregnant during that first trimester, if you are trying to conceive, or even having sex, and you are being treated for depression, it would be prudent to discuss an alternative to paroxetine with your caregiver.

Better safe than sorry!

Cole JA, Ephross SA, Cosmatos IS, Walker AM. Paroxetine in the first trimester and the prevalence of congenital malformations. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2007 Oct;16(10):1075-85. Comment in: Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2007 Nov;16(11):1181-3.

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