New Study Links Antidepressants to Birth Defects

New Study Links Antidepressants to Birth DefectsNew analysis conducted by researchers in Finland suggests that two specific antidepressants may be associated with a small risk of birth defects, reports Reuters.

According to the news source, the researchers discovered that pregnant women taking the medications Prozac and Paxil had a small elevated risk of delivering babies with certain heart defects.

However, Dr. Heli Malm, the author of the latest study, explained that such data does not mean that such drugs can never be taken safely during pregnancy, specifically because the researchers were unable to explicitly confirm that the medications themselves caused the defects.

Additionally, the increased risks were relatively small – as only 105 out of 10,000 babies born to mothers taking Prozac and 31 out of 10,000 with mothers on Paxil suffered the heart issues, the researchers said.

Malm still insisted that the drugs should only be only be prescribed to pregnant women in certain situations, according to the news provider.

Paxil has been linked to birth defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.