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Pregnancy Complications Linked to Antidepressants

Filed March 23rd, 2012 Laurie

A study has found that pregnant women taking antidepressants have an 80 percent increased chance of gestational diabetes. Canadian researchers examined 61,000 women age 15 or older at the start of their pregnancies from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry. Those who had been diagnosed with hypertension in the year before their pregnancy and during the first 20 weeks of their pregnancy were excluded. Dr Mary De Vera, post-doctoral fellow at Montréal University, lead the study.

The women had a 53 percent increased risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension, also. Serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors were significantly associated with the risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension. Women who took paroxetine had an 81 percent increased chance.

De Vera said “These findings provide clinically relevant information on the risks of antidepressant use during pregnancy from the mother’s perspective and highlight the importance of future research evaluating the impact of gestational medication use on maternal outcomes.”

The results of the study were printed in the online version of the British Journal of Pharmacology.

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