Study- Antidepressants and Pregnancy
A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase a mother’s chance of developing hypertension. Hypertension is a rise in blood pressure which may pose serious dangers to the mother and the developing fetus.
“Women who use antidepressants during pregnancy are at increased risk of pregnancy induced hypertension with or without pre-eclampsia above and beyond the risk that could be attributed to their depression or anxiety disorders,” study authors.
Antidepressant Usage Increases Risk by 53%
- Study researchers looked at medical records for 13,000 pregnant women and identified 1,200 women as suffering from pregnancy-induced hypertension.
- Researchers found that women who took antidepressants during pregnancy had a 53% higher risk of suffering from hypertension.
- Certain antidepressants, such as Paxil, had an increased risk rate of 81%.
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