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Boston study: Pregnant women with mild depression may not benefit from antidepressant use

Posted on November 6th, 2012 No Comments

A recent review on the topic of antidepressant use during pregnancy was done by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston IVF and published in the journal of Human Reproduction.

After the study, researchers took a stand on the topics and concluded that pregnant women that suffer from mild to moderate depression should skip out on using the popular antidepressants in question, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These antidepressants include Zoloft, Celexa and Prozac. They added that the risks may outweigh the benefits for those who only have mild symptoms of depression, but those who suffer from severe depression should speak to their doctor.

Researchers stated that there are no obvious benefits for women with mild to moderate depression to use antidepressants, but their are multiple risks. For example, the rate of miscarriage increases from 8 percent to 12-16 percent. Also, the chance that preterm labor will occur increases as well as the chance that the child will suffer from behavioral issues.

It was first thought that it may be more dangerous for a fetus to be exposed to increased stress hormones in the womb, which could occur from untreated depression. It is now thought by researchers in this review, that exposure to antidepressants may be more harmful. The study has caused a stir in the medical community.


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