Thursday, June 28, 2007

Good News for SSRI Takers

The New England Journal of Medicine posted two studies today with the same overall conclusion: taking SSRIs during early pregnancy was not associated with increased risk in birth defects.

Between the two studies, 19,471 newborns with birth defects and 9,952 without them were observed. The first study states in it's conclusion,

"Our findings do not show that there are significantly increased risks of craniosynostosis, omphalocele, or heart defects associated with SSRI use overall. They suggest that individual SSRIs may confer increased risks for some specific defects, but it should be recognized that the specific defects implicated are rare and the absolute risks are small."

This is fantastic news for those taking SSRIs and contemplating pregnancy. Both mother and child can be healthy and happy.

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