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Posted by Deborah Pujoue on December 15, 2011

Finnish Study Verifies Antidepressant Link to Birth Defects

While there is already plenty of proof that antidepressant medications cause birth defects in babies whose mothers took the drugs while pregnant, now another study has confirmed it. This newest Finnish study was conducted by the Teratology Information Service at the Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Some of the birth defects that were linked to the SSRIs included neural tube defects, cleft palate and PPHN to name a few. Prescription antibiotics included in this study include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft — but the main antidepressant included in this study was Paxil. Paxil is one of the most popular SSRI medications on the market and is just as harmful to mothers as it is for their offspring. Birth defects aren’t the worst side effects either, since the Finnish study also revealed that babies born to mothers who take antidepressants are also 10 times more likely to be born with alcohol fetal syndrome as well.

The study was conducted with researchers monitoring information that was collected from the country’s birth registries over the past 11 years. All in all, 635,583 babies’ data were collected, which showed that “6,976 of those babies had been exposed to SSRIs during the first trimester, and all of those babies had a higher likelihood of being born with various birth defects compared to the babies that weren’t exposed to SSRIs.”

With so much danger linked to these medications, plus all of the studies that suggest they don’t work anyway, I can’t understand why the drugs continue to be popular. In fact, one study shows that there has been a 400 percent increase in antidepressant use. It just seems a silly risk to take in light of all of the information against antidepressant use. Unless you are suffering from severe and debilitating depression or anxiety symptoms, it is best to steer away from using prescription medications as a treatment method, and give exercise and talk therapy a chance instead. Sometimes just talking about a problem can help lessen its hold on you.

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