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title pic SSRI Side Effects

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on March 8, 2012

The decision to go on long-term medication can be a difficult one. Most people try to read up on the possible side effects, and then fervently hope they won’t experience any of them. It can be especially hard to decide when you battle depression or anxiety. Both of those conditions are treatable with single or […]

title pic Living with a Limb Defect

Posted by Fiona Cole on April 25, 2011

A major study in 2007 found that antidepressant medication, when taken during pregnancy, may elevate the risk of a birth defect known as a congenital limb defect. A link was found between antidepressants and limb-reduction defects in developing fetuses. A limb defect means that part of — or the whole of — one of the […]

title pic Effexor and Your Pregnancy

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on April 22, 2011

Effexor is a drug that is frequently prescribed to treat depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and panic disorders. It has also been used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Related to SSRI drugs like Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac, Effexor is a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), like Pristiq. Questions have […]

title pic Antidepressants and the Risk of Omphalocele

Posted by Fiona Cole on April 20, 2011

One of the less common birth defects which has been associated with antidepressant medication such as Zoloft and Celexa is a condition known as omphalocele. Omphalocele is a defect of the abdominal wall of the fetus. While the baby is developing, the abdominal wall muscles do not form properly, leaving an opening. This in turn […]

Pristiq’s Potential Risks

Posted by The Vigilant Mom on April 15, 2011

Depression is a complicated illness to treat. It is likely that many people diagnosed with depression have struggled with treatment and medications for years, yet still have unresolved symptoms. Once someone does find a treatment that works, it may be extremely difficult for them to turn their back on that treatment, even for a pregnancy. […]

title pic Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on April 14, 2011

Any birth defect is terrifying for parents, and if it requires surgery, it is even more so. If you’re child is born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, he or she will need surgical intervention. Take a deep breath, and be strong. As surgical procedures have improved, the prognosis for children born with this frightening birth […]

title pic Eliminate Effexor Effectively

Posted by Barbara Ransom on April 13, 2011

So you’ve finally seen the little plus sign show up on your home pregnancy test and you’ve calculated that you are 4 to 6 weeks along. Congratulations! But now that you’re joining the mom-to-be club, start reading the list of “don’ts.” Newly-pregnant moms are faced with plentiful items to avoid from soft cheeses to sushi, […]

title pic Zoloft and Pregnancy

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on April 11, 2011

To people who battle depression, panic disorder or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, drugs like Zoloft (sertraline) can seem like a life raft, and one they are reluctant to get off. This can present some problems for women who become pregnant while using Zoloft. Is it safe for the baby or not? Presently, the American […]

title pic Pristiq and Your Baby

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on April 8, 2011

Expectant mothers have so many options to weigh, and so many choices to make about what is best for their child. And there never seem to be any easy answers. For women who battle depression or anxiety, that is especially the case. Since many anti-depressant drugs have only been tested on developing animal fetuses, there […]

title pic Taking a Look at PPHN

Posted by Fiona Cole on April 7, 2011

One of the more complicated birth defects that has been connected to antidepressants such as Pristiq is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, also known as PPHN. PPHN can present a serious challenge to the health of a newborn and long-term complications can arise. But fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of how […]