Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Health Tip: Paxil and Pregnancy Don't Mix

Health Tip: Paxil and Pregnancy Don't Mix
Pregnant women should avoid the drug, FDA says

(HealthDay News) -- Researchers have found that taking Paxil, a popular antidepressant, in the first three months of pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a December 2005 news release.

"FDA is advising patients that this drug should usually not be taken during pregnancy, but for some women who have already been taking Paxil, the benefits of continuing may be greater than the potential risk to the fetus," the agency said.

The FDA recommends that expectant mothers who are taking -- or considering taking -- Paxil and similar antidepressants discuss with their doctors the potential risks and benefits.

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