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Warning over antidepressant use during pregnancy

A type of antidepressant has been linked to early births, miscarriage, neonatal health issues and potential long-term problems such as autism, US experts have warned.

Great care should be taken in prescribing the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to women who are trying to become pregnant, according to experts at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston.

Alice Domar, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at the Domar Centre for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF, said: “Depression and infertility are two complicated conditions that more often than not go hand in hand.

“And there are no definitive guidelines for treatment.

“We hope to provide a useful analysis of available data to better inform decisions made by women and the providers who care for them.”

 

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