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|05-17-2005, 11:24 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ontario, Canada
Pregnancy Warnings On Antidepressants
Finally the press is paying attention to already issued warnings. The link requires a signup. Since this article is short, i will post it in its intirety.
May 18, 2005
Pregnancy Warning On Antidepressants
CHICAGO, May 17 (AP) - Women who take Prozac or certain other antidepressants late in pregnancy raise the risk that their babies will suffer jitteriness, irritability and serious respiratory problems in their first couple of weeks, researchers say.
Babies born to women taking antidepressants in the last three months of pregnancy were three times more likely to develop drug-related symptoms than those born to women who did not use the drugs or took them only in early pregnancy, according to a University of Pittsburgh study that pooled previous research.
The study was published in Wednesday's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Most of the symptoms were mild and usually disappeared after about two weeks, but some required hospitalization in intensive care, the researchers said.
The drugs involved include Prozac, Paxil and other antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI's, and also serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which include Effexor.
Each year, at least 80,000 American women take the drugs during pregnancy, the researchers estimated.
Serious respiratory problems develop in perhaps one out of 100 infants born to these women, said Dr. Eydie Moses-Kolko, a psychiatrist who led the study.
On A/D's since 1995, switching due to side-effects on 30 different brands of TCA's, SSRI's, SNRI's, Antipsychotics, Benzo's & Imovane. 6 ECT's. Tapering from 225 mg Effexor XR May 17, 2004. (Equiv. to 60 mg Paxil) Last taper Effexor XR Jan 17, 2006 down to ZERO. Currently protracted withdrawal. Sept 2006: 25 mg Doxepin. March 13/09: 10 mg Desipramine
|05-17-2005, 11:35 PM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Re: Pregnancy Warnings On Antidepressants
I am curious how much of the Lexapro I was taking while breastfeeding was transmitted to my sons. My doctors swore to me it didn't pass to them, and I was taking it for postpartum depression, but now I am starting to wonder?????
Started Lexapro for post-divorce depression - 2002
Started PaxilCr 25 - August 2004
Currently: Paxil Free as of June 18
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy. - John Lennon & Paul McCartney